Plautus For Us All (Part 1)
Wed. 12pm Eastern
Course Description: Who would believe that Plautus, the Roman playwright from 3rd-2nd century BCE, may be of poignant topicality today, in the 21st century? A survey of his output, examined (and enjoyed!) comedy by comedy, shall provide us with an outstanding and unexpected answer that will enrich us both in amusement and in self-consciousness. We shall study Plautus’ comedies over a couple of Telepaideia terms (two 10-week terms), devoting one class for each comedy. Besides the readings, visual and audio materials as well will be included in the classes. The course is taught in English. It includes readings both in the original Latin (just to get the 'authentic' taste of Plautus' art), and in English translation.
Level: This course is open to students at all levels. The course is conceived in a way that no prior knowledge of Latin (or Ancient Greek) is necessary, although it is not unwelcome. We will read passages both in Latin and in translation from Plautus’ texts, and it will be the instructor’s care to provide all the help that is needed with the unusual vocabulary, meters, and grammatical constructions.
Textbook: Instructor will provide readings and recommend supplementary written and recorded materials as appropriate.
Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.
Ambra Marzocchi studied classical philology and history of the classical tradition in Italy (MA from the University of Bologna). She worked on Greek poetry from archaic to Roman imperial period. She then moved to the United States in order to better investigate the Latin patrimony under the guidance and according to the special active method of Drs. Tunberg and Minkova at the University of Kentucky, from which she received an additional MA. From there she has joined Johns Hopkins University to pursue a PhD in Neo-Latin studies and history of the book.
Besides holding dear the Latin composition and studying the pedagogy of the classical languages across the epochs, she is also interested in palæography and codicology, and as a certified national Archivist-Palaeographer she has worked with medieval and early modern documents from notaries, seigneuries, and papal chancellery.
While in Italy, she taught classical languages and Humanities in various private and public high-schools; while in the States, she taught some university courses about the Classics at the undergraduate level.