Classics 102. Film and the Classical World (4 units)

imageClassics 102. Film and the Classical World: Stage to Screen (4 units)
Anna Uhlig

Lecture:
MWF 10:00-10:50A
159 Olson Hall

Film Viewing:
W 6:10-8:30P
102 Hutchison Hall

CRN 81572

Course Description: Film is the primary medium through which most audiences have encountered ancient drama in the 20th and 21st centuries. But what is involved in translating a play from more than two thousand years ago onto the screen? This course will examine the technical and theoretical issues involved in transforming ancient stage drama into contemporary film. We will make a detailed study of four plays (Oedipus Rex, Libation Bearers, Prometheus Bound, and Lysistrata) and examine how modern directors have reimagined them in film adaptations. We will pair thematic and interpretive discussions of the texts with exploration of specific matters arising from the often-divergent demands and possibilities of theatrical and film production.

Prerequisite: A lower division Classics course or consent of instructor (asuhlig@ucdavis.edu).

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities and Writing Experience.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities and Writing Experience.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Film Viewing - 2.5 hours.

Textbooks:

  • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, translated by Peter Meineck  (Hackett Publishing Company, 2000)
  • Aeschylus, Oresteia, translated by Peter Meineck  (Hackett Publishing Company, 1998)
  • Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, translated by Deborah Roberts  (Hackett Publishing Company, 2012)
  • Aristophanes, Lysistrata, translated by Sarah Ruden  (Hackett Publishing Company, 2003)