CLCIV 350 - Topics in Classical Civilization
Section: 001 Comedy & Performance
Term: WN 2017
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
CLCIV 101 and 102.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

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).

Course Requirements:

Midterm, Final, Paper

Intended Audience:

Anyone interested in the ancient world and drama.

Class Format:

Two meetings per week. Students *must* attend two evening performances as well (each one will have several showings).

CLCIV 350 - Topics in Classical Civilization
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 9780452007178
Four plays, Author: by Aristophanes ; translations by William Arrowsmith, Richmond Lattimore, and Douglass Parker., Publisher: New American Library 1984
ISBN: 9780140445015
Plays and fragments, Author: Menander ; translated with an introduction by Norma Miller., Publisher: Penguin 1987
ISBN: 9780872203624
Five comedies, Author: Plautus & Terence. Transl., with introd., by Deena Berg ..., Publisher: Hackett 1999
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