Fall 2016 Teacher-Advisor Program (TAP) Seminars

Fine Arts
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CLAS 095 A - Ancient Drama

Instructor: Angeline Chiu

How far is too far in the pursuit of revenge? What is the nature of justice? How can human beings wrestle with the consequences of their choices and actions? Can there ever be peace in the battle of the sexes? These are just a few of the ever-relevant questions that ancient Greek playwrights put on stage. From tragedy to comedy and back (Oh, don't forget the lawyer jokes, celebrity lampoons, and political satire!), the Athenians of the fifth-century BC pioneered an art form that still fascinates us today. In this course we will study the context, history, and lasting cultural influence of ancient Greek drama by reading a selection of comic and tragic plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander.

Requirements Satisfied: Literature, Writing and Information Literacy, and Sustainability (SU)