University of Toronto
for the Shakespeare Association of America
San Francisco 1999
Scaena, a place, whyche seruyth onely for enterludes or comedyes to be playde in, whiche was in the fourme of halfe a cerkle. It is also where trees or busshes, are cutte and layde ouer the heed, in suche fourme, as men may vnder them walke or sytte in the shadowe. It is alsoo where a vyce or offence is openly detected, in suche wise as m_e do cry out or wonder at it.
Scena, a pauyllyon or halle. Also a scaffold.
Scena, scenæ. f.g. Labeo. A Pauilion or haule. A scaffolde or
stage for playes. A place couered with boughes, or trees
growynge one within an other, and geuynge a shadowe.
Virgil. Scenæ spectacula. Ouid.
Struere scenam. Tacit. Scena sine arte. Ouid.
Orestes agitatus scenis. Virg. Orestes oftentymes represented on scaffoldes in playes.
Agere. gestum in scena. Cic. To play in a comedy or tragedy.
Stare in scena. Horat.
In scenam producere, & Reducere in scenam. Plin.
Dignus qui spectetur in scena. Cic.
Scena totius rei hæc est. Cælius ad Ciceronem. This is the summe and argumente of the whole mattier.
Seruire scenæ. Cicer. To doe accordyng to the present time and occasion.
¶ Scena pro loco etiam accipitur vbi aliquis se ostentat, & sui specimen facit. hinc Prodire in scenam. To shewe and sette foorth him selfe to the worlde.
Scena, ae, f. g. A bough, a pavilion, a hall, the frunt of the theater, the place where players make them readie, being trimmed with hangings, out of which they enter vpon the stage. a place couered with boughes or trees growing one within another, and giuing a shadowe: also a comedy or tragedie: a place wherin one doth shew and set forth himselfe to the world: a summe and argument. also an age, Fest.
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