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Euripides, Seneca, and Mythmaking (ANCW40001)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codeANCW40001
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 2
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Students will read, in English translation, selected plays by Euripides (the 5th century BCE Athenian playwright) and Seneca (the 1st century CE Roman writer and tutor of the Emperor Nero). The subject introduces students to methods of interpreting tragedy, in particular how Euripides and Seneca use Greek mythology to explore social issues relevant to their times. By invoking commonly known myths, reinterpreting them, and sometimes re-inventing them, the plays of Euripides and Seneca continue to resonate with modern audiences on issues of war and slavery, democracy and power, and especially ideologies of gender and the place of women in society. Students will be introduced to feminism, queer theory, structural linguistics, Jungian psychology, alterity, metatheatre, and theories of ancient drama in modern performance.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • Be familiar with the corpus of Euripidean and Senecan drama in translation
  • Appreciate the culture and social history of 5th century Athens and imperial Rome through the lens of theatre and its social commentary
  • Be able to explain modern theoretical approaches to the study of ancient theatre, both as texts and in performance
  • Be able to conduct independent research using catalogued sources and bibliographic indexes
  • Have developed their skills in verbal communication and oral presentation
  • Have developed their ability to think creatively and express their ideas clearly in written communication

Generic skills

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • students should: be able to explain modern theoretical approaches to the study of ancient theatre, both as texts and in performance.

  • develop their ability to think creatively and to express their ideas clearly in written form and orally.

Last updated: 1 June 2019