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Comedies of Ancient Athens: Jenny Morris

"The comedies of ancient Athens are perhaps less well known than the tragedies; this is a pity, as the eleven surviving comedies of Aristophanes are brim full of wit, satire, fantasy, exuberance, politics and playfulness. The Birds, The Frogs, The Clouds, The Wasps, Lysistrata and others are still performed regularly, both in translation and in the original Greek, and whilst most productions make some adaptations to suit modern audiences, the spirit of the original plays shines through. During our weekly sessions we shall consider the theatrical and social context of these comedies, we shall watch extracts, and, of course, read some of the plays together. Participants might like to have a copy of The Frogs and Other Plays, translated by David Barrett (Penguin), but this is optional."

Tutor: Jenny Morris

"Jenny Morris is an Associate Lecturer at the OU and also a schoolteacher, teaching Classics and Philosophy. She read these subjects at the University of Cambridge and undertook postgraduate research at University College London. She was Head of Classics at Bedford High School for Girls for twenty years and continues to teach in local schools. She started working as a tutor here at the REC in 2011 and enjoyed the company of its students immediately. "