Greek Tragedy

Course code AHIS3330
Not available in 2017


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 currently available.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2014.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. 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.


  1. 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.

Assumed Knowledge

20 units at any level in Ancient History or History or English

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay

Written Assignment: Seminar paper

In Term Test: Class test

Contact Hours