Course Description

The theater in ancient Greece was one of the most important cultural spaces in the history of the Western world. Audiences escaped to the theater to see gruesome, exciting, humorous, and profound moments from the Greek mythical past unfold in real time. At the same time, these plays provided a mirror for everyday life, and for human existence more generally. In this course, we will explore several plays that are emblematic of the literary prowess, creativity, and emotional range of Greek comedy and tragedy. Through works by Aristophanes, Euripides, Sophocles, and more, we will study the structure of and operation of the ancient Greek theater throughout the 6th–4th centuries BCE. We will also study historical contexts, such as the cultural and political environment of classical Greece, and in particular, Athens. Join us as we discuss, analyze, and watch some incredible drama!

Optional Supplies: Any edition of Greek plays—the instructor will send out a specific list before class begins.

For more information about this course, contact: OLLI at LSU at 225-578-2500 or email OLLI@outreach.lsu.edu.

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