A survey of ancient Greek drama and the society that produced it. The course will examine a representative sample of the major plays of the tragedians Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, as well as the comic playwright Aristophanes. Among the topics considered will be: the tragic and comic festivals, tragedy's relationship with Athenian democracy, the nature of Greek theaters and ancient theatrical production techniques, religion and drama, women and tragedy, tragic and comic heroism, myth and traged y, and the legacy of Greek tragedy in the modern world. Plays to be read include the Oresteia,Bacchae, Medea, Frogs and Ajax.
In addition to reading and discussing the texts, the class will view videos of productions and part of the course will be built around a Temple performance of Aristophanes' Birds by the Aquila Theatre Company of London. Students will be readin g director Peter Meineck's new translation of the play and participating in its improvement before its final publication.
This course satisfies the Core Arts requirement. There are no prerequisites.
Dr. Mitchell-Boyask has published numerous studies of Greek drama and is currently finishing a book on Euripides.
For more information call 1-3672, email ROBINM@VM.TEMPLE.EDU, or consult the world wide web at http://www.temple.edu/classics.