CLCIV 120 - First-year Seminar in Classical Civilization (Humanities)
Section: 001 Ancient Greek Comedy
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
FYSem, WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The ancient Greeks invented comedy, and wrote some of the best ones ever — like plays about flying up to heaven on a giant dung-beetle, inventing a city in the sky, or visiting Hell to fetch back a dead poet. In the comedies of Aristophanes (c. 420 B.C.E.), women take over the state from men and organize a sex-strike to stop the war, and people even go to college to study weird things with a bizarre professor named Socrates — long before any such things were thought remotely possible (Aristophanes invented the first college, as a joke). Explore the crazy world of Greek comedy, how it made fun of real life, the gods, the politicians, and almost everything else, and how it eventually turned into sitcom. Ever wondered why we laugh, why we laugh at the things we do, and what the function of laughter is? We will study that too ...

CLCIV 120 - First-year Seminar in Classical Civilization (Humanities)
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
MWF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (SEM)
TuTh 4:30PM - 6:30PM
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Please note that class will NOT meet on Thursday 7 January 2010, because I have to be away on University business. The first meeting of class will be on Tuesday 12 January. The first class will be made up later. Please make sure that you have a copy of the required textbook (North & Hillard's Greek Prose Composition, aka Greek Prose Composition for Schools) in advance and bring it with you to class. Although the book is available as a free download on the internet, I REQUIRE THAT YOU BUY IT AS A BOOK AND BRING IT TO EVERY CLASS, since it is so much more usable and useful than a stack of loose pages is.  
You will need the Greek-English Lexicon by Liddell and Scott. The large one is pretty essential, despite the cost. If you try to do this course by using the Intermediate one, which I still see some even graduate students using, you will muddle through but are not likely to excel. For the sake of students who lack the money to invest in learning Greek I have put the Intermediate one on the book list, BUT ITS USE IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED.
ISBN: 9780812235012
The Suits, Clouds, Birds (Penn Greek Drama Series) (v. 3), Author: Aristophanes, Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press 1999
ISBN: 9780812234565
The Acharnians; Peace; Celebrating Ladies; Wealth, Author: Aristophanes, Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press 1998
ISBN: 0140445013
Plays and fragments, Author: Menander ; translated with an introduction by Norma Miller., Publisher: Penguin 1987
ISBN: 9780812234831
Aristophanes, 2, Author: Aristophanes, Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press 1999
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