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LATN3611: Roman Drama

2024 unit information

The comedies of Plautus and Terence and the tragedies of Seneca are among the most important, fascinating, and influential works of Latin literature. Comedy, with its crafty slaves and angry old men, is the earliest Latin literature to survive complete and offers an unparalleled perspective on the social history of Republican Rome, as well as setting the template for comedy on through the Renaissance down to the sit-com. Senecas gruesome but vibrant tragedies reveal the dark heart of Imperial Rome and cast their shadow forward onto Shakespeare, Racine, and Ted Hughes. This unit will explore one or more of these mesmerizing plays as literature, as theatre, and as windows on Roman society.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Classics and Ancient History

Code LATN3611
Academic unit Classics and Ancient History
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in Latin
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an advanced understanding of Classical Latin literature and critical approaches to it
  • LO2. demonstrate knowledge of important and influential works of Roman drama, from the third century BC to the first century AD
  • LO3. demonstrate an appreciation of the different registers and styles of Latin used by individual authors or within specific cultural contexts
  • LO4. demonstrate competence in critical terminology and theory used in the academic study of Latin literature
  • LO5. demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which Latin literature reflects the cultural and political concerns of Roman society
  • LO6. construct and defend coherent and valid evidence-based arguments about Latin literature and its interpretation
  • LO7. demonstrate high-level skills in inventive and ethical research, critical thinking and the analysis of complex works of Latin literature, and the ability to work independently and creatively

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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