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CLAS 3370 Roman Comedy (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

The Roman playwright Plautus inspired many of the greatest writers of Western comedy, including Shakespeare, Molière, and Wilde. This term we will read in Latin his Amphitruo, the only surviving ancient ‘mythological burlesque,’ aiming to acquire a greater knowledge of Latin grammar and vocabulary and to improve facility in reading Latin poetry. We will examine the genre more broadly by reading additional Roman comedies in English. We will also explore the cultural, material, and performance context of Roman theater.


Instructor(s): Christopher Polt

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 16-Oct-15