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May be taken as an English 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.

Summary 2021

Unit name Comedy and Tragedy in the Classical World
Unit code HTC311
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics

Dr. Graeme Miles

Teaching staff

Dr. Graeme Miles

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Communicate with some authority on the literature under study.
  2. Think critically and analytically about literary problems and issues.
  3. Write more effectively and critically.
  4. Identify different interpretations and approaches to ancient literature.





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Teaching Pattern
  • Recorded, introductory lecture (approx. 30 minutes).
  • Weekly online reflection on reading.
  • 1 x 2 hour mixed format seminar consisting of: 2 x half hour lectures, with a half hour group discussion following each.

Task 1: Take-home exam, 2,500 words (40%)

Task 2: Major essay, 1750 words (35%)

Task 3: Primary text analyses x 3, 300 words each (15%)

Task 4: Weekly reading reflections, 50-100 words (10%)

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