Greek Tragedy

Course code AHIS3330Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Examines critically the growth of Greek Tragedy during the fifth century BC, and involves the study of plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides from dramatic, literary, and historical perspectives.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
Objectives1 To extend the student's knowledge of a key area in which ancient Greece had a lasting effect on western drama and literature, contributing towards an in depth knowledge of the golden age of classical Athens, and showing the connections between dramatic, literary, and historical studies of the area.

2 To develop the ability to critically and imaginatively read ancient dramatic texts in translation, visualising production possibilities within the context of the ancient stage and its audience.

3 To encourage the accurate expression of one's informed critical responses to ancient texts, and of one's evaluation of production possibilities, both orally and, more especially, in written form.

4 To develop an understanding of the ethical issues that play a part in ancient tragedy, and of the need to approach them in a manner sympathetic to ancient Greek culture.
Content1. Definitions of tragedy

2. The early development of tragedy at Athens

3. The content of Greek Tragedy

4. Aeschylus

5. Sophocles

6. Euripides

7. Overview of the developments between Aeschylus and Euripides, considered in relation to historical change and likely audience tastes.
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units at any level in Ancient History or History or English
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassClass test, 1 hour: 20%
Essays / Written AssignmentsSeminar paper, 1000-1500 words: 30%
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 1500-2000 words: 50%
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term