Excerpt from The Theatre: An Essay Upon the Non-Accordancy of Stage-Plays With the Christian Profession
When tragedy and comedy were first enacted at Athens, they were soon abolished by public authority as being enervating and among the Romans, so cautious were they of permitting them to be frequent, that a theatre, when occasionally erected, was not allowed to continue above a prescribed number of days. - Witherspoon.
It may be added that, upon the score of public morality, the first stone theatre among the Romans was pulled down when nearly finished, B. C. 155.
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