The Birth of Comedy – a new iTunesU course in celebration!

The Birth of Comedy – a new iTunesU course in celebration!

The first official staging of a comedy in Athens took place in 487 BC, or thereabouts. If you are peculiarly bad at counting, then you will conclude that it is exactly 2,500 years almost to the day since this momentous event!

By means of a modest celebration, the Open University has commissioned an iTunesU course entitled … ‘The Birth of Comedy’.

The Birth of Comedy comprises:
• Three ten-minute Radio4-style audios presented by Dr James Robson, on ‘Creating a Spectacle’, ‘Making Athens Laugh’ and ‘Sex, Swearing and Satire’ and featuring contributions from Oliver Taplin (University of Oxford), theatre director Helen Eastman and Gina Sheeran (University of Kent);
• Three video performances of extracts from the ‘Clouds, Peace and Frogs’, performed by professional actors (as well as a cross-dressing academic);
• Three round-table discussions featuring Nick Lowe (Royal Holloway), Helen Eastman and Edith Hall (King’s College London) looking at ‘Aristophanes’ Athens’, ‘Performing Aristophanes’ and ‘Aristophanes’ Women’;
• A short introduction to Aristophanes’ ‘Clouds’; a timeline and a quiz book.

This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in ancient comedy, from the complete novice to the professional classicist. Be warned, too, that it’s a tiny bit saucy in places.

Please download and enjoy!

Best accessed on an iPad, but viewable on other devices/machines, too.

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