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Introduction to Ancient Greek Theatre and Drama I, The Theory

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Term 2 (Tuesday, 7-9pm)

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Course Dates

23rd January 2018 – 27th February 2018

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Course Leader

Maria Palaska
Course Description

Course overview

This is the second part of a two-part course on Classical Greek Theatre and Drama: the first part covered the theoretical knowledge of theatre in Greek antiquity while the second part is a close reading of representative masterpieces of Classical Greek drama and hence a more hands-on approach to Classical Greek Theatre and Drama.


This part two course focuses on representative plays as well as on the conventions of Classical Greek tragedy and comedy. More particularly, it considers the particularities and differences between tragedy and comedy and it looks closely at Aristotle’s definitions of both genres and their conventions. This module also highlights significant themes and concepts that are found in Classical plays.

The module involves a closε reading of two tragedies and one comedy.


Please note: Attending the first part of the course (Introduction to Ancient Greek Theatre and Drama I, The Theory) is not a requirement in order to attend this module.

Both courses are taught as independent units.



Aims and learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module you will have gained:


  • A knowledge of the conventions of tragedy and comedy and a clear insight into both genres.


  • A familiarity with representative tragedies and one comedy.


  • A familiarity with themes and concepts commonly found in Classical plays and their significance.


  • An understanding and appreciation of Classical dramaturgy


  • A better understanding and appreciation of drama of all ages and around the world.

Summary of teaching and learning methods

This course will comprise the following teaching and learning methods:

  • Mini lectures


  • Class-led seminars


  • Videos followed by discussion

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