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Greek Drama: Tragedy and Comedy by Peter Meineck

Greek Drama: Tragedy and Comedy

by Peter Meineck

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Unabridged Edition
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8 Hrs.
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The plays of one ancient city 2,500 years ago by just four playwrights have had a profound effect on the development of all subsequent Western drama, not only on the theatrical stage, but on opera, film, television, stand-up comedy, and dance - in fact, most, if not all, of the live arts owe a debt to the theatre of ancient Greece and the city of Athens.

This course will examine the social, historical, and political context of ancient Greek drama and equip listeners with a set of critical analytical tools for developing their own appreciation of this vitally important genre. The course will focus on the four extant playwrights, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes, and examine each of their plays closely.

Lecture 1 Why Athens?

Lecture 2 The Play's the Thing: How Greek Drama Came Down to Us and a Typical Day at the Greek Theatre

Lecture 3 The Origins of Greek Drama

Lecture 4 The Tragic Theatre

Lecture 5 Aeschylus

Lecture 6 The Oresteia - Our Only Trilogy

Lecture 7 Agamemnon Continued

Lecture 8 Libation Bearers

Lecture 9 The Furies

Lecture 10 Sophocles

Lecture 11 Sophocles' Oedipus Plays

Lecture 12 Euripides

Lecture 13 Euripides' The Bacchae and Aristophanes' Clouds

Lecture 14 Aristophanes 2

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