CMLT 0190

Greek and Roman Comedy

Greek and Roman Comedy
A survey of the comic playwrights of Greece (Aristophanes and Menander) and Rome (Plautus and Terence) in light of their ancient social, political, and religious contexts as well as modern theoretical approaches to laughter (including psychoanalysis and structural anthropology). We will trace enduring aspects of the comic tradition that can be found in both Greece and Rome and also look forward to Renaissance and modern comedy. These include: the nature of the comic hero; the patterns of comic plots; the dependence of comedy on language; the comic poet's concern with questions of freedom and slavery, desire and repression. (formerly CLAS 0160) 3 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.
Comparative Literature
Comparative Literature
Requirements Fulfilled:
Equivalent Courses:
CLAS 0190 *
CLAS 0160


Spring 2019

CMLT0190A-S19 Lecture
CMLT0190Y-S19 Discussion
CMLT0190Z-S19 Discussion

Spring 2018

CMLT0190A-S18 Lecture (Sfyroeras)
CMLT0190Y-S18 Discussion (Sfyroeras)
CMLT0190Z-S18 Discussion (Sfyroeras)

Spring 2013

CMLT0190A-S13 Lecture (Sfyroeras)
CMLT0190Y-S13 Discussion (Sfyroeras)
CMLT0190Z-S13 Discussion (Sfyroeras)

Spring 2012

CMLT0190A-S12 Lecture (Sfyroeras)
CMLT0190B-S12 Lecture (Sfyroeras)
CMLT0190X-S12 Discussion (Sfyroeras)
CMLT0190Y-S12 Discussion (Sfyroeras)
CMLT0190Z-S12 Discussion (Sfyroeras)