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Saltimbanques et circulation de jeux

Abstract : In classical antiquity, acrobats were one of the vectors of the circulation of playful objects and skills, such as juggling, tightrope walking, hooping, equilibrism and animal shows. Various fragmentary documents enable to grasp the contours of their proteiform identity and of their different activities. Designated by various terms (thaumatopoioi, thaumatourgoi, planoi, circulatores) often associated with distant lands (Egypt, India), or with the physical difference, like dwarfism, these artists participate in the cultural “kaleidoscope” of the Hellenistic and Roman times. The literary discourse contributes to the construction of an otherness that is strongly reflected in iconography, such as the Pompeii tightrope satyrs or the graffito from Aphrodisias.
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Véronique Dasen. Saltimbanques et circulation de jeux. Archimède : archéologie et histoire ancienne, UMR7044 - Archimède, 2019, pp.127-143. ⟨halshs-02895555⟩



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