Theater History Essay

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Theater History





European Theater diminished drastically during the Middle Ages. This was due to the
harshness of living during these times. The common people were tillers of the soil,
unlearned, with short life spans. The Roman Catholic Church had considerable power. The
church has never been a big supporter of things theatrical. But some primitive types of
Theater did emerge in this time. The scop was found in the Germanic or Teutonic
territories. The scop was a singer and storyteller who would tell about ancient heroes of
that land. He would perform at banquets and was given a social status. These scops would
give the desolate people a way to reconnect with a more prosperous time. We see this in
our own society with Native Americans. They will tell stories of their heroic ancestors
and the sacrifices they made.

There were already theatrical elements in Europe at this time, but many of them were
associated with Pagan rituals. To claim Europe as its own, the Catholic Church adopted
many of these Pagan ritual dates into its own calendar. Christ's birth is on December
25th to overlap a Pagan ritual date. Easter is also said to be on an originally Pagan
date. The pageant sounds a lot like Pagan. I wonder if they are related. The Church began
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