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Ancient Greek Theatre (6 points)


Leader: Philip Anderson

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit explores the theatre of Classical Greece through a study of the surviving plays of the fifth century dramatists. Students will be introduced to the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, and the comedies of Aristophanes. We will examine the social and religious function of theatre in Classical Athens, and study the nature and development of theatrical performance. We will also examine the architecture of the theatre through a study of archaeological remains and the internal evidence of the plays. Students will be introduced to a range of critical approaches to Greek drama. Texts will be studies in translation.

Assessment: Seminar paper (500 words): 10% + Essay (2500 words): 55% + Take-home exam (1500 words): 35%

Contact Hours: 2.5 hours (1 hour lecture and 1.5 hour seminar) per week

Prohibitions: AGS2040

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