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The Department of Classics
the thirteenth annual
Bernice L. Fox Classics Lecture
by Professor Anne Groton
St. Olaf College
Monday, November 17, 1997
What made the ancient Greeks and Romans laugh? We can find out by taking a comparative look at two fascinating comedies written over 2000 years ago, one for a Greek-speaking audience in Athens, the other for a Latin-speaking audience in Rome. In this lecture Anne Groton will conduct a guided tour of Aristophanes' Ploutos ("Wealth") and Plautus' Curculio ("Weevil"), pointing out the most noteworthy theatrical, societal, and supernatural sights along the way. She will conclude with comments about what makes a modern audience laugh, reflecting on the amusing experiences she and her Classics students from St. Olaf College had when they staged
the Curculio in 1995.