The roman theater: Breeder of cosmopolites
Kentucky Foreign Language Quarterly
There probably would be no argument about the fact that the theater has generally exerted a rather extensive influence wherever and whenever it has been popular. We can assume that the theater in ancient Rome was no exception and that many ideas and attitudes were inspired or spread among the Ro.- mans by the stage. theater in helping the rather provincial early Roman to become, over the centuries, more cosmopolitan in his outlook. In connection with this discussion we are going to think of a cosmopolite as a person who, though he may never have been out of his native city, has learned so much about the ideas and customs of other peoples that his own provincialism and narrow prejudices have largely disappeared .
Toliver, Hazel M., "The roman theater: Breeder of cosmopolites" (1958). Faculty Scholarship. 275.