CLAS 2260 Drama and Society in Ancient Greece (Fall: 3 )
Greek drama offered the people of one ancient society, Athens, a medium for debating the great issues of their time: how can society best be governed? How should citizens behave in times of war? How can women take an active role in a man’s world? What is the role in society of rational, intellectual discourse? Or the role of religion? Can literature help guide us through these questions? Greek writers rarely provide clear answers, but their plays invite us to join the debate. By critically reading a selection of Greek dramas – both tragedies and comedies – in their social context, we will confront a series of issues that are still debated today and discuss how one society approached them.
Instructor(s): Mark Thatcher
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Last Updated: 21-Feb-14