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Fall 2013
Sep 29,2022
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(Formerly LITR 254) The earliest traceable influence on the development of western drama is that exerted by the plays performed in the amphitheater at Athens, most of which may now be lost, as are the plays of those early traditions that lead to the construction of such a theater. We do possess, however, several works by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes, all of which developed out of Athenian culture and were recognized for greatness in ancient texts of the period. These works were known to western dramatists since the time of their composition, and have helped to shape the development of that art. But of course this beginning must arise from very different ground than the works that follow, and for that reason, it presents its own difficulties to the reader. The course will provide a general familiarity with the authors listed above by reading representative works of each. We will try to see these works in the context of Greek myth, the culture of fifth century Athens, and the hints and fragments of earlier ceremony and drama. In this manner we may hope to bring a light to texts which otherwise may seem somewhat foreign to many interests we now require from our literature
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Literature Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-LITR-Litr Prior To 1800, MJ-LITR-Int'l Litr Selection

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     

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