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The module covers 23 weeks (10+10+3). Note this includes reading weeks, although there will be no lectures and classes in the two reading weeks.

In this period, there will be 21 sessions of 2 hours each (1 session per week during the first two terms and for the first three weeks of the third term). Within these sessions, approximately 36 hours will be lectures (involving some class discussion), and approximately 6 hrs will be taken up with seminars involving student preparation.

Students studying the module with texts in Latin will also attend 21 hours (9+9+3) of classes (1 hour a week), during which we will read and discuss the set texts.

Time and place

Lectures/seminars: Fridays 12-2, Oculus 1.02
Latin text classes: Fridays 11-12, H3.55

Term 1 Lectures/seminars:

Note: all secondary texts for preparatory reading, noted in brief here, are to be found in your reading lists (see module booklet or the bibliography tab). The preparatory reading is essential, and represents the minimum recommended input. It goes without saying that I encourage you to read more if you wish!

Week 1, Lecture 1: Theories, taxonomies, terminology: joking ancient and modern

  powerpoint 1  handout 1

Preparatory reading: S.Critchley, On Humour; S.Freud, Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious.
Latin reading class: close reading brainstorm – what can you do with a Latin text?

Week 2, Lecture 2: Introduction to ancient laughter. Or, what made the Romans LOL

  Handout 2  Powerpoint 2

Preparatory reading: M.Beard, Roman Laughter; A.Richlin The Garden of Priapus.
Latin reading class: Terence, Eunuchus 1-80 (with Barsby’s commentary, here et passim)

Lecture 3: Comedy and the making of Greece Rome

  Handout 3  Powerpoint 3
Preparatory reading: Terence’s Eunuch (use Betty Radice’s Penguin translation or the Loeb) M.Leigh, Comedy and the Rise of Rome; D.Feeney, Beyond Greek, pp1-178.
Latin reading class: Terence, Eunuchus 81-206

Lecture 4: Terence’s Eunuch: aggression, incongruity, metatheatre

  Handout 4  Powerpoint 4
Preparatory reading: Barsby’s Green and Yellow Commentary on Terence’s Eunuchus, introduction; J.C.B.Lowe ‘The Eunuchus: Terence and Menander’ CQ 33; S.Frangoulidis ‘Modes of metatheatre’ LCM 18.
Latin reading class: Terence, Eunuchus 207-291

Lecture 5: Terence’s Eunuch: joking (seriously) about castration

  Handout 5  Powerpoint 5
Preparatory reading: C.S.Dessen ‘The figure of the eunuch’ Helios 22; McCasrthy ‘The joker in the pack: slaves in Terence’; A.Sharrock, Reading Roman Comedy.
Latin reading class: Terence, Eunuchus 292-453

----- Week 6 = reading week ------

Lecture 6: You cannot be serious: humour and Roman Republican oratory

  Handout 6 week 7  Powerpoint 6 week 7
Preparatory reading: A.Corbeill Controlling Laughter; Rabbie ‘Wit and humour in Roman rhetoric’ in Dominik and Hall eds. A Companion to Roman Rhetoric, pp207-17;
Latin reading class: Terence, Eunuchus 454-614

Lecture 7: Cicero’s de Oratore: performing wit. 

Handout 7 week 8  Powerpoint 7 week 8
Preparatory reading: ; Cicero On the Orator 2.216-90 (use Loeb edition); Duggan ‘Cicero’s rhetorical theory’ in Steel ed. The Cambridge Companion to Cicero, 25-40.
Latin reading class: Terence, Eunuchus 615-909

Lecture 8: Ovid’s lovers: learning how to laugh in Augustan Rome

  Handout 8 week 9   Powerpoint 8 week 9
Preparatory reading: S.L.James ‘Elegy and comedy’; Ovid Ars Amatoria book 3 (Loeb edition)
Latin reading class: Terence, Eunuchus 910-1094

Lecture 9: Student seminars
Latin reading class: revision and further discussion

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Schedule of lectures/seminars for term 2:

Note: all secondary texts for preparatory reading, noted in brief here, are to be found in your reading lists (see first module booklet or the bibliography tab on the module webpage). The preparatory reading is essential, and represents the minimum recommended input. It goes without saying that I encourage you to read more if you wish!

Week 1, Lecture 1: Pumpkins, carnival, murder: Seneca’s Apocolocyntosis
Preparatory reading: Whitton (2013) in Buckley and Dinter eds. A Companion to the Neronian Age; O’Gorman (2005) in Freudenburg ed. The Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire. Freudenburg in Bartsch and Schiesaro The Cambridge Companion to Seneca.
Latin reading class: Apocolocyntosis intro and ch 1 (with Eden’s commentary, here et passim)

Week 2, Lecture 2: Comedy duos: from Claudius to Nero

Preparatory reading: Leach (1989) Arethusa 22; Nussbaum (2009) in Bartsch and Wray eds. Seneca and the Self.

Latin reading class: Apocolocyntosis chs 2-4

Week 3, Lecture 3: Hard to digest comic feasts: Petronius’ Satyricon
Preparatory reading: Rimell (2002) and Rimell (2007)
Latin reading class: Apocolocyntosis chs 5-8

Week 4, Lecture 4: Dinner table jokes (Satyricon, cont’d)
Preparatory reading: Zeitlin, Rosati and Petersman in Harrison ed. (1999) Oxford Readings in the Roman Novel.
Latin reading class: Apocolocyntosis chs 9-11

Week 5, Lecture 5: Grunting, laughing, dying: Seneca Epistle 56
Second half of session: writing a blog post
Preparatory reading: Rimell (2017) 157-177; Edwards (1997) Greece & Rome 44; Motto and Clark (1970) Classical Philology 65.2.
Latin reading class: Apocolocyntosis chs 12-15

----- Week 6 = reading week ------

Week 7, Lecture 6: Satirical bodies in Senecan philosophy (between Epistles 56 and 57)
Preparatory reading: Henderson in Volk and Williams (eds.) Seeing Seneca Whole (2006); Schafer (2011) Classical Philology 106.
Latin reading class: Sen.Ep.56.1-2

Week 8, Lecture 7: Let Cato watch: ritual spectacle in Martial Epigrams 1
Preparatory reading: Fitzgerald (2007); Rimell (2009) intro & chapter 1.
Latin reading class: Sen.Ep.56.3-8

Week 9, Lecture 8: Juvenal and the perverse pleasures of ranting
Preparatory reading: Gunderson and Rimell in The Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire (2005); Plaza (2006); Freudenburg (2001) 209-77.
Latin reading class: Sen.Ep.56.9-15

Week 10, Lecture 9: Student seminars
Latin reading class: revision and further discussion