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The Oxford Classical Dictionary
William BeareWilliam Beare, Antony J. S. SpawforthAntony J. S. Spawforth

the most popular art-form of Roman theatre under the empire, in which a solo dancer (pantomimus, παντόμιμος) represented mythological themes without voice, supported by instrumental music and a chorus. The apparent meaning is ‘one who imitates everything’, but the distinctive quality of pantomime is that the artist did everything by imitation, as in modern mime. The art, which had Hellenistic antecedents, was introduced at Rome in ... ...

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