Drama of Ancient Rome

VMS 240

Introduction to the drama and performance cultures of ancient Rome. Students read in translation canonical comedies (Plautus, Terence) as well as tragedies (Seneca) while also studying related genres such as mime, historical drama, and other hybrid forms. Central topics include: conventions of theatrical performance from Republic to Empire, social and political contexts of Roman drama, ancient dramaturgy and theatrical spaces, related performance cultures including the gladiatorial arena, modern reception of Roman drama. No previous knowledge of Classical Studies required or presumed; this course is open to all students interested in drama, literature, and the history of Rome.
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • ALP
  • CZ
Cross-Listed As
  • CLST 304
  • THEATRST 227
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring