Seminar | Greek Comedy

The members of the Center for Hellenic studies would like to extend our deep gratitude to all the participants in this summer’s Sunoikisis Greek Course Planning and Faculty Development Seminar.

We had the pleasure of welcoming sixteen professors to the CHS from June 12-14, 2014 as they prepared the syllabus for this year’s course in Greek Comedy. Through careful analyses of English translations and scholarly articles, they were able to craft a syllabus that will allow students to read a range of Greek comedies and encourage them to think critically about the plays. At their home institutions, students will translate one of Aristophanes’ lesser-read works: the Ecclesiazusae. In addition, the syllabus will include several other plays in translation and extensive readings from secondary sources.

Each week, the students will gather online to participate in a faculty led discussion of the course material with each other. These discussions will expose the students to some of the issues facing translators of Greek Comedy, like the inclusion of obscenity, as well as other major themes, like the treatment and portrayal of women, religion, the Peloponnesian War, and the structure of comedy. The common sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00 P.M. (EST) via Google Hangouts.

We would like to express our gratitude to Prof. Jeffrey Rusten, from the Department of Classics at Cornell University, who served as the Greek course consultant this year. In addition, we would also like to thank Prof. Ryan Fowler, the CHS Sunoikisis Fellow in Curricular Development, and Prof. Kenny Morrell, the director of CHS Outreach and a professor of Greek and Roman Studies at Rhodes College, who were both instrumental in running this seminar.

The following faculty were also in attendance Monica Berti (University of Leipzig), Zach Biles (Franklin and Marshall College), Greg Crane (Tufs), Ben DeSmidt (Carthage College), Ryan Fowler (CHS Sunoikisis Fellow in Curricular Development), Hal Haskell (Southwestern University), Ben Hicks (Southwestern University), Julie Langford (University of South Florida), Polyvia Parara (University of Maryland-College Park), Arum Park (Brigham Young University), Danilo Piana (Johns Hopkins University), Joe Romero (University of Mary Washington), Jeffrey Rusten (Cornell University), Loula Strolonga (Franklin and Marshall College), and Heather Vincent (Eckerd College).

If you are interested in participating in the Greek Comedy course this fall but are not a student at a participating institution, please contact us.

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