What was it like to watch a play in ancient Greece and Rome? What did the theater look like, the costumes, the set? In this class we will read comedies by Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus and Terence, and a few later playwrights as well, all with an eye to performance and imagining the plays on stage. Together with our reading of the comedies, we will study what is known about ancient performance, watch taped performances of comedy and attend two live productions on campus, and try acting a few scenes ourselves. No prior theater experience is required, just a good sense of humor and a willingness to try new things. Students are required to attend two plays that fall outside of the regularly scheduled class time (there will be several showings for both events).
Midterm, Final, Paper
Anyone interested in the ancient world and drama.
Two meetings per week. Students *must* attend two evening performances as well (each one will have several showings).