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CLST 205 - Ancient Humour (F)

A study of ancient techniques of humour, the role of humour in Greek and Roman society and theories of humour, both ancient and modern.  We will emphasize the relevance of these topics to contemporary humour.

ASSESSMENT:  50% of the mark will come from attendance at, and participation in, weekly hour-and-a-half group learning sessions.  There will be online multiple choice tests every week work 10% each.  I will automatically count the best five of these marks for each student.

  • Griffith, R. Drew and Marks, Robert B., 2011   A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Agora: Ancient Greek and Roman Humour, 2nd Revised Ed. (Agora Harder), Kingston, Ontario. REQUIRED
  • Aristophanes   Four Plays by Aristophanes. Translated by William Arrowsmith, Richmond Lattimore, and Douglas Parker. New York, 1984.  RECOMMENDED
  • Sullivan, J. P.   The Satyricon and the Apocolocyntosis. London: Penguin Books, 1986. RECOMMENDED

INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Drew Griffith