CLSL-210-01 Roman Drama
Spring for 2017-2018
A survey of drama at Rome, from its origins to the high empire. We will examine what sorts of theatrical entertainments the Romans staged, where and when they took place, who performed in them, and how they were scripted—and also how these scripts came to be viewed as ‘literature.’ Readings in Latin will include one comedy of Plautus (Menaechmi), one tragedy of Seneca (Phaedra), fragments of otherwise lost dramas, as well as other Greek and Latin plays in translation and selected modern studies. There will be special emphasis in the first part of the class on the peculiar features of Plautus’ language, and throughout the semester on mastering the basic dramatic meters.
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