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Unit 1: Euripides >>
   

The first unit of CC 222 is devoted to Euripides (485 - 406 BCE), the youngest of the great tragedians, and the least successful in his own time.

His fame after death, however, became the greatest of the three, and more of his plays survive than of any other ancient playwright.

 

Because of his strong and willful female characters, Euripides is often called the most modern of the great tragedians, which makes his plays an appropriate starting point.

  Tuesday, January 24
  Topics for today:
  -- The course, the requirements, the website
-- What is tragedy?
-- Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides
  Thursday, January 26
  Due:
  -- Rehm 2002.1, "...Athenian Spatial Practice" (pp. 35-41 only)
   
  Topics for today:
 

-- The origins of Greek drama
-- Athens and the ancient theatron
-- Introduction to Euripides

-- Stagings: overview

  Tuesday, January 31
  Due:
  -- Euripides, Medea (431 BCE, third prize)
-- Reflections on Medea (by 9:00 a.m.)
-- Optional background: Medea
   
  Topics for today:
  -- Discussion of Medea
-- The parts of tragedy
-- Medea: video highlights
  Thursday, February 2
  Due:
  -- Rehm 1992.5, "Conventions of Production" (pp. 43-61 only)
   
  Topics for today:
 

-- Modes of performance
-- Actors versus Chorus
-- Medea: video highlights

  Tuesday, February 7
  Due:
  -- Euripides, Bacchae (after 406 BCE, posthumous first prize)
-- Reflections on Bacchae (by 9:00 a.m.)
-- Optional background: Dionysus
   
  Topics for today:
  -- Discussion of Bacchae
-- Special guest instructor: David Porter
  Thursday, February 9
  No class today
  Tuesday, February 14
  Due:
  -- Euripides, Hippolytus (428 BCE, first prize)
-- Reflections on Hippolytus (by 9:00 a.m.)
-- Optional background: Hippolytus, Phaedra, Theseus
   
  Topics for today:
 

-- Discussion of Hippolytus
-- Stagings: Alpha troupe, Medea
-- Stagings: Beta troupe, Bacchae
-- Semester project: overview

  Thursday, February 16
  Due:
 

-- Burian 1997, "Myth into muthos"

   
  Topics for today:
  -- Tragic narrative
-- Semester project: thinking about myth
-- Special guest: Ellen McLaughlin (Penelope, Ajax in Iraq)
  Friday, February 17
  Special Events in JKB!
  -- Conversation with Ellen McLaughlin (3:30 - 4:30 p.m.)
-- Performance of McLaughlin's Penelope (8:00 - 9:30 p.m.)
-- Talkback with Ellen McLaughlin (9:30 - 10:00 p.m.)
  Sunday, February 19
  Due:
  -- Semester project: qualifications (email Prof. Curley by 11:00 p.m.)
  Tuesday, February 21
  Due:
  -- Euripides, Heracles (416-4 BCE)
-- Reflections on Heracles (by 9:00 a.m.)
-- Optional background: Heracles, Theseus
   
  Topics for today:
 

-- Discussion of Heracles
-- Stagings: Gamma troupe, Hippolytus

  Thursday, February 23
  Due:
  -- Rehm 2002.1, "...Athenian Spatial Practice" (pp. 41-54 only)
-- Staging an Ancient Greek Play  (W. Englert, Reed College)
   
  Topics for today:
  -- Athenian dramatic festivals
-- Introduction to Sophocles
-- Midterm exam preview
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