In Athens comedy flourished during the Peloponnesian War, while in Rome the high point followed the Punic Wars. What do the comedies of Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus and Terence have to tell us about the societies they entertained? Why did the rumbustious popular form of comedy develop into the more thoughtful and reflective `New Comedy' of Menander? Within the genre and individual plays we explore the comic themes, preoccupations and conventions that had such an enormous influence on subsequent European drama.
2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x2hr exam (40%), 1x2000wd essay (40%), 1x500wd review of a performance (10%), participation (10%)
6 Junior credit points in ANHS and 6 credit points in any of ANHS, HSTY, ARCA, PHIL, GRKA or LATNProhibitions