chapter  12
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The Italian Commedia and the Fashioning of the Shakespearean Fool

ByIuliana Tanase

The conception of the commedia dell’arte is connected with the ancient RomanGreek mime and the erudite Roman comedy. The ancient roots of early modern European comedy, in particular the popular commedia dell’arte in the RomanGreek mime, are supported by the parallelism at the level of plot and character types between the two. The origin of the Italian erudite comedy can be put in relation with the Humanist revival of the Latin drama of Plautus and Terence, which are in turn informed by the patterns of the ancient mime.