August Seminar: Shakespeare's Depiction of Rome
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About the Event
This intensive, not-for-credit, three-day seminar will include two sessions of two hours each day, with one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
There will be a moderate amount of reading for the seminar. Students will receive the readings in advance and be expected to complete them prior to each session.
The seminar is open to Yale undergraduates and graduate students. Upon successful completion, students will receive a $150 stipend.
Admission to the seminar is by application. Please submit applications by Saturday, April 25th.
Descritpion of the seminar:
This seminar will study Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, and Antony and Cleopatra in order to assess the playwright’s views on the reasons for Rome’s greatness and the causes of its decline. Other themes will include ancient Rome as a model of civic participation, the demands of Roman virtue, the role of women in a martial regime, the transition from paganism to Christianity, and the place of philosophy in the city. Finally, the seminar will discuss what judgment Shakespeare ultimately renders on this ancient regime.