Prerequisite: ENGL 100, 101 or 3 credits from ENGL 110-139. (Second semester—as needed /3 credits)
This course focuses on the tragedies and comedies produced in Athens and Rome beginning with the Oresteia of Aeschylus (early 5th century B.C.) and concluding with the tragedies of Seneca (late 1st century A.D.). Plays are selected to analyze the diachronic treatment of popular stories, such as those of Oedipus and Medea, and to highlight the various roles theatre played in Greco-Roman society (religious, social, economic, etc.). Students will be expected to write critically about ancient plays both as literary texts and in their original performance contexts.