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Aristophanes' Acharnians (Intermediate-Advanced Greek Reading)

Mon. 8pm Eastern

Course Description: In the shadow of the ever-worsening Peloponnesian War, a rather young Athenian poet named Aristophanes won a prize at the Lenaea for a play that the British poet and translator Paul Roche describes as "a plea for peace, whose fruits and comforts are contrasted with the destitution, hardships, and stupidity of war." This course will be dedicated to reading and translating extended excerpts from this, the first comedy by Aristophanes that survives, with some time dedicated to discussing broader themes and historical context.


Level: This course is intended for students with upper intermediate to advanced knowledge of Ancient Greek. Ideally, students should have some familiarity with Athenian drama or at least with Greek poetry.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. RECOMMENDED: Charles Platter's Bryn Mawr Commentary for the Acharnians; Alan H. Sommerstein's Aris and Phillips edition.
Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Regular price $250.00

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Marcello Lippiello

Marcello Lippiello was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, where he received his B.A. in Classical Languages and Theology from Fordham University. He has long had an interest in conversational Latin, earning a Graduate Certificate in Latin Studies from the University of Kentucky's Institutum Studiis Latinis Provehendis in 2005, along with master's degrees in classical languages and classical studies from UK and from Duke University. He is also a proud alumnus of LGiG 2013 and 2014 (where he played Tiresias in the Bacchae), and has participated in two conversational Greek workshops through the Polis Institute, including the inaugural Synodos Hellenike at the University of Kentucky in 2017. He has taught undergraduate college courses in all levels of Latin and Greek at several institutions, including Christendom College in Virginia and the Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio. He lives with his family in Danbury, Connecticut.