TIL: In ancient Rome actors had a very low social status and were seen as little better than prostitutes

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  1. “Ancient Roman plays were almost always performed during ludi (“games”). Because the Ancient Romans did not have weekends for times for relaxation or merriment games and festivals were the opportunities for them to relax and enjoy festivities, including the art of theater. Actors would perform tragedies and comedies for crowds along with music in the background, creating a lively and enthralling scene.

    However, instead of honoring and respecting actors as the Greeks had, the Romans had a very different opinion of the acting profession. It might be difficult to imagine how Roman society, infamous for its indulgence and extravagance, would find a single profession as morally unsavory. Actors, in Roman society, were considered to hold a lower, dangerous status and were often avoided.”

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