CLAS 0152

Greek Tragedy

Greek Tragedy
A survey of selected tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, exploring the relation between tragedy and political freedom and empire in fifth century B.C. Athens. The course examines the tragic poets' use of traditional Greek myths to question not only the wisdom of contemporary Athenian imperialism but also traditional Greek views on relations between the sexes; between the family and the city; between man's presumed dignity and his belief in gods. Mythical and historical background is supplied through additional readings from Homer and Thucydides. The course asks how the tragedians managed to raise publicly, in the most solemn religious settings, the kind of questions for which Socrates was later put to death. The course culminates in a reading of Aristotle's Poetics. 3 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.
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Equivalent Courses:
FYSE 1552 *
LITS 0152


Spring 2023

CLAS0152A-S23 Lecture
CLAS0152B-S23 Lecture
CLAS0152X-S23 Discussion
CLAS0152Y-S23 Discussion
CLAS0152Z-S23 Discussion

Spring 2015

CLAS0152A-S15 Lecture (Witkin)
CLAS0152B-S15 Lecture (Witkin)
CLAS0152Y-S15 Discussion (Witkin)
CLAS0152Z-S15 Discussion (Witkin)

Spring 2013

CLAS0152A-S13 Lecture (Witkin)
CLAS0152B-S13 Lecture (Witkin)
CLAS0152Y-S13 Discussion (Witkin)
CLAS0152Z-S13 Discussion (Witkin)

Spring 2010

CLAS0152A-S10 Lecture (Witkin)
CLAS0152B-S10 Lecture (Witkin)
CLAS0152Y-S10 Discussion (Witkin)
CLAS0152Z-S10 Discussion (Witkin)

Spring 2009

CLAS0152A-S09 Lecture (Witkin)
CLAS0152B-S09 Lecture (Witkin)
CLAS0152X-S09 Discussion (Witkin)
CLAS0152Y-S09 Discussion (Witkin)
CLAS0152Z-S09 Discussion (Witkin)

Spring 2007

CLAS0152A-S07 Lecture (Witkin)
CLAS0152B-S07 Lecture (Witkin)
CLAS0152Y-S07 Discussion (Witkin)

Spring 2004

CLAS0152A-S04 Lecture (Witkin)
CLAS0152B-S04 Lecture (Witkin)