LITS 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.
Literary Studies
Program in Literary Studies
Requirements Fulfilled:
Equivalent Courses:
CLAS 0152 *
FYSE 1552 *


Spring 2024

LITS0152A-S24 Lecture (Witkin)
LITS0152B-S24 Lecture (Witkin)
LITS0152X-S24 Discussion (Witkin)
LITS0152Y-S24 Discussion (Witkin)
LITS0152Z-S24 Discussion (Witkin)

Spring 2023

LITS0152A-S23 Lecture (Witkin)
LITS0152B-S23 Lecture (Witkin)
LITS0152X-S23 Discussion (Witkin)
LITS0152Y-S23 Discussion (Witkin)
LITS0152Z-S23 Discussion (Witkin)