How is Roman popular entertainment similar to today's entertainment?
The Roman entertainment is similar to the modern entertainment in several ways. For instance, the Roman theatre design is the same with the modern designs. The Roman theatres were built with huge stages huge approximately 20-40 feet deep. The theatre could accommodate a capacity of ten to fifteen thousand people. The modern entertainment theatres can also accommodate such huge numbers (Beacham 49). The Roman comedy is also similar to the modern comedy. The Roman comedy touched on the general issues in life as well as the modern comedy does. This educates people in several ways and makes them feel as part of the society they reside. The Roman comedy also had allusions, Latin dialog, varied poetic meters and witty jokes, a style that is also applied in the modern comedy.
The modern entertainment entails mimes, as well as the pantomimes, which were also common in the Roman entertainment. They were short but entertained people through story-telling, folklore or ancient stories, regularly solemn but occasionally comic. However, the Roman comedy changed with time giving the audience new and interesting things to watch. The Roman theatre was composed of plays with great themes like Ludi Florales (April) and Plebeii (November). The plays were written by famous people who sometimes translated their works by borrowing Greek ideas (Beacham 67). The modern theatre has plays acted at specific periods and the authors sometimes translate their work to suit their audience.
The modern theatre incorporates performance, aerobics, fighters, magicians, sports, chariots competitions, sea fights, pugilism and animal fights. The entertainment is intended to be impressive, emotional and deflecting. This is similar to the Roman theatre that involved all the above theatrical themes for entertainment (Beacham 76). The Roman theatre has many similarities with the modern theatre.