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<< Unit 3: Aeschylus
   

Unit three of CC 222 explores Aeschylus (?525 - 456 BCE), the author of our only surviving trilogy, the Oresteia, which students will view in its entirety.

On the surface Aeschylus is the least like Euripides:   the eldest of the three tragedians, his language is difficult, his choruses abstruse, his characters strange and dark. 

 
In this unit students will also make and perform with handmade tragic masks.
  Tuesday, April 10
  Due:
  -- Aeschylus, Oresteia: Agamemnon (458 BCE, first prize)
-- Reflections on Agamemnon (by 9:00 a.m.)
-- Optional background: Agamemnon
   
  Topics for today:
  -- Agamemnon (Peter Hall, 1981) [part 1] [part 2]
-- Discussion of Agamemnon
  Wednesday, April 11
  Due:
  -- Semester project: final draft and progress report 3 (email class by 11:00 p.m.)
  Thursday, April 12
  Topics for today:
  -- Agamemnon (Peter Hall, 1981) [part 2]
-- Discussion of Agamemnon
  Sunday, April 15
  Due:
  -- Semester project: progress report 4 (email class by 11:00 p.m.)
  Tuesday, April 17
  Due:
  -- Aeschylus, Oresteia: Libation Bearers (458 BCE, first prize)
-- Reflections on Libation Bearers (by 9:00 a.m.)
-- Optional background: Orestes, Electra
   
  Topics for today:
  -- Semester project: meeting 3
  Thursday, April 19
  Due:
  -- Watch Choephoroi (Libation Bearers) on your own (Peter Hall, 1981)  [link]
   
  Topics for today:
  -- Semester project: meeting 4
  Friday, April 20
  Parilia
  --Undergraduate Classics conference at Skidmore
  Sunday, April 22
  Due:
  -- Semester project: progress report 5 (email class by 11:00 p.m.)
  Thursday, April 24
  Due:
  -- Pollux, Onomasticon
-- Vovolis and Zamboulakis 2007, "The acoustical mask of Greek tragedy" (via Didaskalia)
-- Completed (and practiced) masks
   
  Topics for today:
  -- Masks in performance
  Thursday, April 26
  Due:
  -- Aeschylus, Oresteia: Furies (458 BCE, first prize)
-- Reflections on Furies (by 9:00 a.m.)
-- Optional background: Orestes
   
  Topics for today:
  -- Video highlights
-- Discussion of Furies
  Sunday, April 29
  Due:
  -- Semester project: progress report 6 (email class by 11:00 p.m.)
  Tuesday, May 1
  Due:
 

-- Aristotle's Poetics (selections)
-- Rehm 1992.5, "The Agon in the Audience" (pp. 73-74 only)

   
  Topics for today:
  -- Aristotle on tragedy
-- How to win a tragic contest
-- Course evaluations
  Wednesday, May 2
  Academic Festival!
  -- Performance of the semester project: Icarus
-- 2:45 p.m., Greek Theater near Zankel Hall (rain location: Filene)
  Tuesday, May 8
  Due:
  -- Reflections on Semester project (by noon)
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