Course Details

CLAS 116: Ancient Drama: Truth in Performance

The tragic and comic stage offered the Greeks and Romans a public arena for exploring fundamental questions about politics, divinity, sex, and death. Although written texts have preserved many ancient plays, the ideal vehicles for their communication remain, as their authors intended, the stage, the voice, and the body. This course will therefore introduce a variety of ancient tragedies and comedies with special attention, not only to their themes, but to the manner of their performance, culminating in student-driven productions that put into practice skills and expertise developed in the class. We will also experience modern adaptations of ancient drama, both in film and in the Twin Cities theater scene.
6 credits; ARP, IS; Not offered 2019-2020