Atellan

adjective
Atel·​lan | \ əˈtelən \
variants: or less commonly Atellane \ " , -​ˌlān \

Definition of Atellan

: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a Roman genre of farce developed from impromptu rustic plays of country life and adopted for interludes and afterpieces during the Republic and up to the time of Tiberius

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History and Etymology for Atellan

Latin Atellanus of Atella, from Atella, ancient Oscan town in southern Italy where the Roman farce originated + Latin -anus -an

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“Atellan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Atellan. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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