Tragedy and Comedy in Antiquity

Subject 106-231 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 2-hour tutorial/workshop per week.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 12.5 points of theatre studies or classical studies subjects.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Paul Monaghan
Subject Overview:

This subject explores Tragedy and Comedy as dramatic forms in ancient Greece and Rome through a study of seminal dramatic texts. Tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Seneca, and comedies by Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus and Terence will be examined as literature, as theatre, and as paradigms for the conception of Tragedy and Comedy in Western culture. The political, philosophical, artistic and performance culture of Greece and Rome will be considered, and students will also engage with ancient and modern theories of performance. The plays will be analysed through lectures, seminars, audio-visual material and play-readings.

Assessment: A tutorial presentation and written paper of 750 words 20% (due during semester), a performance analysis and written paper of 1250 words 30% (due during semester); and research essay of 2000 words 50% (due after the end of semester). There is a hurdle requirement of a minimum 80% attendance.Note:Assessment submitted late without an approved formal extension will be penalised at 2% per day. Students who fail to submit up to 2-weeks after the final due date without a formal extension and/or special consideration will receive a fail grade for the piece of assessment.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • demonstrate the ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex structural and organisational concepts;

  • demonstrate sound and independent critical and ethical thinking in their choice of materials and processes;

  • be able to present written and oral communication to a professional standard regarding their treatment and material choices.


Formerly available as 760-417 Greek Tragedy in Modern Performance. Students who have completed 760-417 are not eligible to enrol in this subject. This subject is available to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Creative Arts students and may be credited towards a theatre studies major in either course.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Creative Arts
Bachelor of Creative Arts and Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Creative Arts and Bachelor of Teaching
Diploma in Creative Arts

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