An introduction to Ancient Greek literature
weekend with the creators of the western literary
Our focus for this weekend will be 5th c. Athenian theatre in all its forms. After discussing the social context and the venue in which the plays were performed, we’ll read from the parts of Aristotle’s Poetics which discuss drama. We’ll go on to read examples from the works of the three great Athenian tragedians, with a particular focus on Sophocles’ Antigone. On Sunday morning we’ll discuss Plato’s warnings about drama and why he thought there was a war between poetry and philosophy. Putting this aside, we’ll then look at an example of a Satyr play after studying the Homeric hymn on which it is based. Finally, we’ll read from Aristophanes’ comedy Frogs, in which two of Athens’ greatest tragedians are made to go head-to-head in a line-for-line duel in Hell.
No previous knowledge will be required, and all the texts will be translated into English.
materials are supplied as a pdf for students to download and print. If
required, a printed
be supplied by post or on the first day of the course at an additional
cost of £10.
The class size will be limited to sixteen, seated at three or four tables. Some parts of each session will be tutor-led; other parts will involve working in groups of 4-5 students.Do I need to know any Greek?
No, but you will have learned a little Greek by the end of the course.
The course fee will be £100.00 (£75.00 unwaged). Overnight accommodation and meals are not included: it will be the responsibility of students to arrange this for themselves.
place will be
reserved on receipt of your cheque. There will be a maximum of 16
students, so early booking is recommended. If a student withdraws more
than 4 weeks before course start a full refund will be paid; any
students withdrawing between 1 and 4 weeks before course start will
have half their fee returned. There will be no refund for students
withdrawing less than a week before course start.
To book a place on the course, please download and fill in the booking form here: Booking Form
This should be sent to Paul Pritchard, 2 (i) Rectory Road, Swffryd, Crumlin, Newport NP11 5EB
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