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Comedy and Tragedy in the Classical World HTC311

May be taken as an English unit.


This unit examines tragic and comic dramas of classical antiquity, which established the nature of western drama for later ages, including the works of Sophocles and Aeschylus, and the bawdy and irreverent Greek and Roman comedies. Particular attention will be paid to the plays’ exploration of moral and intellectual issues, the development of the tragic and comic form and the nature of performance.


Unit name Comedy and Tragedy in the Classical World
Unit code HTC311
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics
Coordinator Doctor Graeme Miles
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate with some authority on the literature under study.
  • Think critically and analytically about literary problems and issues.
  • Write more effectively and critically.
  • Identify different interpretations and approaches to ancient literature.
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091523 $515.00 $515.00 not applicable $1,815.00

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Teaching Pattern


  • Weekly online introductory lecture (approx. 30 minutes).
  • Weekly 2 hour mixed format seminar.


  • Weekly online lecutres (1.5 hours)
  • 4 online seminars per semester (2 hours each)
AssessmentWeekly reading reflections (10%)|3 primary text analyses (15%)|Major essay (35%)|Take-home exam (40%)
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