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CLU33213 Drama and Performance

This module introduces the dramatic performance traditions of the ancient world, encompassing Greek and Roman tragedy, comedy, and genres such as satyr-play, choral performances, and mime. Focusing on either Athens or Rome, you will study ancient plays as scripts for performance and explore parameters for the production of drama such as performance venues (theatres, festivals, games) and the conventions and practicalities of staging, as well as drama’s civic and religious contexts, historical development, and value as source of cultural information.
  • Module Organisers:
    • Dr Martine Cuypers, Prof. Anna Chahoud
  • Duration:
    • Semester 1
  • Contact Hours:
    • 16 (11 lectures and 5 seminars)
  • Weighting:
    • 5 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 100% coursework
  • Course Open To:
    • Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology; TJH Classical Civilisation; Ancient and Medieval History and Culture; Visiting; Open Module

Learning Outcomes

On successful conclusion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Critically discuss the content, themes and structure of the studied plays
  • Analyse extracts from and aspects of the prescribed plays
  • Situate the studied plays in their original performance contexts and comment on the relevance of these contexts for their interpretation
  • Explore the significance of ancient drama for the audiences of selected later restagings, translations and adaptations, from antiquity to the present day