Undergraduate Course: Greek Comedy (GREE10011)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course offers an introduction to the study of Greek comedy, especially selected comedies by Aristophanes and Menander, in Greek and in translation, as well as study of the social and political contexts of the plays.
Comedy is one of the oldest established literary genres, and like epic and tragedy, it is a legacy from the Greeks. The course will focus upon a close reading, in the original, of two plays, selected to provide a good basis for the discussion of the qualities of comedy and its historical development. Beyond regular translation of and commentary on the Greek, the course will concentrate upon the historical and social contexts of the plays, and illustrate their significant differences. Full attention will be paid to literary questions such as the 'seriousness' (or otherwise) of Greek Comedy, its relationship with other genres, language and form.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Advanced-level ability in Greek language and literature, equivalent to two years' study at the University of Edinburgh (if uncertain, consult the course organiser).
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework: Essay 3000 to 3500 words (25%)
Language exam: (15%)
Degree Examination: one 2-hour paper (60%)
Visiting Student Variant Assessment
Coursework: one Essay of c. 3000 words;
Subject-Area administered Exam/Exercise in lieu of Degree Examination (see the current course handbook for further details).
||Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate a further consolidated grasp of the Greek language, in particular forms of colloquial Attic Greek, not excluding obscenity (!);
- acquire a sound knowledge of the study of Comedy as a dramatic literary genre, the development of that genre from Aristophanes to Menander, and its relation to other literary genres and to humour in general;
- demonstrate an advanced appreciation of the social dimension of Greek Comedy, especially its festival setting and its relation to gender issues and politics;
- demonstrate knowledge about the staging and production of ancient drama, in combination with an advanced knowledge of Greek (and esp. Athenian) history;
- demonstrate bibliographical and research skills to pursue their more specific interests arising from the studied plays.
|Biles, Z. P. Aristophanes and the Poetics of Competition (Cambridge 2011).|
Dobrov, G. The City as Comedy: Society and Representation in Athenian Drama (Chapel Hill 1997).
Dover, K. Aristophanic Comedy (London 1972).
Harvey, D. & Wilkins, J. (eds.) The Rivals of Aristophanes: Studies in Athenian Old Comedy (London 2000).
Heath, M. Political Comedy in Aristophanes (Göttingen 1987).
Konstan, D. Greek Comedy and Ideology (Oxford 1995).
Marshall, C. W. and Kovacs, G. (eds.) No Laughing Matter: Studies in Athenian Comedy (London 2012).
Ruffell, I. A. Politics and Anti-realism in Athenian Old Comedy: The Art of the Impossible (Oxford 2012).
Sommerstein, A. Greek Drama and Dramatists (London 2002).
Sommerstein, A. et al. (eds.) Tragedy, Comedy and the Polis (Bari 1993).
Wiles, D. Greek Theatre Performance: an Introduction (Cambridge 2000).
Wright, M. The Comedian as Critic: Greek Old Comedy and Poetics (London 2012).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled on this course, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3580 / 50 3582 in order for approval to be obtained.
|Course organiser||Dr Simon Trepanier
Tel: (0131 6)50 3589
|Course secretary||Miss Sara Dennison
Tel: (0131 6)50 2501