Course level



Humanities and Social Sciences


Communication & Arts School, Historical & Philosophical Inq




One Semester

Class contact

1L 2T




DRAM1010 or ANCH1240


Course offering may be cancelled unless a minimum of 20 students enrol.

Assessment methods

Participation; Research Essay; Research Presentation

Course coordinator

Prof Alastair Blanshard

Study Abroad

This course is pre-approved for Study Abroad and Exchange students.

This course is not currently offered, please contact the school.

Course description

This course offers students the opportunity to study the origins of Western theatre in the drama of Ancient Greece and Rome. The course will provide students with a detailed knowledge of the social and economic organisation of these classical cultures in order to better appreciate the centrality of live theatre performance to the city states of Athens and Rome. We will explore theatre architecture, genre and cross-cultural influences between these two major civilisations in order to provide students with a rigorous working knowledge of this vital foundation of the western theatre canon. Students will then be encouraged to engage with theatre that references, reinterprets or adapts this classical theatre in order to read contemporary theatre practice from a more deeply informed knowledge base.

Archived offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 2, 2017 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2015 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2012 St Lucia Internal Course Profile