Roman comedy flourished only briefly, between the second and third Punic Wars, but its cultural-historical importance is undeniable. In these fabulae palliatae, Latin comedies staged in Greek costume and featuring ostensibly Greek characters, Roman attitudes are questioned and mocked but ultimately reasserted. We will read the Menaechmi of Plautus and the Adelphoe of Terence, two plays that burlesque the stereotypical relationships between fathers, brothers, sons, and slaves. We may also consider selections from Cato the Elder, Cicero’s letters, and other primary and secondary texts that shed additional light on Roman familial relationships and their place in republican society.
The Class: Type: discussion/recitation
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, several papers of varying length, a midterm and a final exam
Prerequisites: CLLA 302 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: if the course is oversubscribed, preference will be given to majors and potential majors in Classics and Comparative Literature
Distributions: Division I;