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Galba, Chapter 13: Acceptance of Galba
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Accordingly his [Note 1] coming was not so welcome as it might have been, and this was apparent at the first performance in the theatre: for when the actors of an Atellan farce began the familiar lines "Here comes Onesimus from his farm" all the spectators at once finished the song in chorus and repeated it several times with appropriate gestures, beginning with that verse. |
Note 1: his = Galba
Event: Galba becomes emperor
Atellane plays:These were "the old national drama immediately connected with the festive worship of the people in which it took its rise and which therefore retained a respectability which could be conceded to the performances of foreign histriones. Being free from all contact with the professional actor, the young Roman could appear in the Atellan play without any forfeiture of his social position." -- Donaldson, Varronianus, p. 158.