CLCIV 120 - First-year Seminar in Classical Civilization (Humanities)
Section: 001 Shakespeare's Classics
Term: FA 2018
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 be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

What did classical Greco-Roman antiquity mean to Shakespeare, and why did he turn to ancient Greece and Rome to explore the great questions of human existence through the medium of drama? In pursuit of answers to these questions, this course will examine a selection of Shakespeare’s plays about the classical past (Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and Timon of Athens) as well as one (The Tempest) strongly influenced by an ancient Roman comedy. In addition to studying the plays as great theater in their own right, we will consider them both with and against Shakespeare’s ancient Greek and Roman sources in Plautus, Vergil, Ovid, Seneca, Plutarch, and others (all studied in translation), so as to grasp how Shakespeare staged, transformed, and adapted the ancient world for audiences of his day.

Course Requirements:

Evaluation will be based on regular attendance and participation in class discussion, a midterm assignment, an in-class presentation, and a final paper.

Intended Audience:

Freshmen and sophomores. No prior knowledge of the subject is required.

Class Format:

Two meetings per week. Seminar format.

CLCIV 120 - First-year Seminar in Classical Civilization (Humanities)
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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I have chosen these editions of the plays because they provide especially helpful notes on language, context, etc. If you want to use a different edition, make sure it is a full, original-language, college-level edition.
ISBN: 0199536120
Julius Caesar, Author: edited by Arthur Humphreys., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2008
ISBN: 9780199535903
The tempest, Author: William Shakespeare., Publisher: Oxford University Press [New ed.] 2008
ISBN: 0199535787
The tragedy of Anthony and Cleopatra, Author: William Shakespeare ; edited by Michael Neill., Publisher: Oxford University Press Reissued. 2008
ISBN: 0199537445
Timon of Athens, Author: William Shakespeare., Publisher: Oxford University Press New ed. 2008
ISBN: 0199536104
Titus Andronicus, Author: William Shakespeare ; edited by Eugene M. Waith., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2008
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