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Fall 2017
Nov 20, 2017
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CLSS 261 - Greek Tragedy
This course examines Greek tragedy in its cultural setting, the polis of fifth-century Athens.  At the heart 
of an important religious festival, the Greater Dionysia, tragedy was a prism that refracted complicated layers within Athenians’ understanding of themselves, their gods, and their past.  Students read plays by the three extant tragedians, Aeschylus,Sophocles, and Euripides, as well as selections from modern scholarship selected to introduce major critical perspectives on Attic tragedy.  Two primary goals for students are first, to understand the form and conventions of Attic tragedy as an illustration of how a genre constrains its artists and how they in turn work within such constraints to create great art follow; 
and second, develop an understanding of the tragic visions of the three playwrights, including how each 
represents markers of Athenian norms and attitudes, such as women, youths and the aged, and warriors.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Classics Department

Course Attributes:
HALC - Hum, Art, Lit, Cul, Mean Grade is Calculated

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