LAT 383 • Greek and Roman Comedy
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
Meets with GK 383 The Athenian domestic comedies of the fourth century BCE and the Roman adaptations of that genre in the third and second centuries BCE laid the foundation for modern dramatic comedy and remain one of our most delightful and informative sources for life in the ancient world. In this course we will read closely plays by each of the playwrights of New Comedy whose works survive: the Greek Menander and the Romans Plautus and Terence. As we do so we will consider various questions, including literary traditions, types of humor, ways comedy does and does not reflect society, and elements of performance. Grading will be based on class participation, including several oral reports, and a final paper.
Texts: Menander (OCT) Plautus (OCT, volumes 1 and 2) Terence (OCT) Note: students without Greek who register for LAT 383 may read the required readings from Menander in translation.