Drama of Ancient Rome


Fall 2023

Professor Lauren D. Ginsberg

THEATRST 227 / CLST 304 / VMS 240

MW 3:05 - 4:20 p.m.


Old Chemistry 101, West Campus

Introduction to the drama and performance cultures of ancient Rome. Students read in translation canonical comedies (Plautus, Terence) as well as tragedies (Seneca) while also studying related genres such as mime, historical drama, and other hybrid forms. Central topics include: conventions of theatrical performance from Republic to Empire, social and political contexts of Roman drama, ancient dramaturgy and theatrical spaces, related performance cultures including the gladiatorial arena, modern reception of Roman drama. No previous knowledge of Classical Studies required or presumed; this course is open to all students interested in drama, literature, and the history of Rome.


Primary to Classical Studies

Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • ALP
  • CZ
Cross-Listed As
  • CLST 304
  • VMS 240
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring