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Greek Theatre

2. Dramatic Conventions

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One of the things that ancient Greek drama was very good at doing was using staging to create meaning. In this module, Rosie introduces the dramatic conventions of Classical Greek theatre and discusses several scenes where staging has a central role, including Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, Euripides’ Hippolytus and Medea, and Aristophanes’ Peace.


In this course, we explore fifth-century Greek theatre, focusing in particular on the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes. In this course, we look at key dramatic conventions of fifth-century theatre, the relationship between the tragedy/comedy and contemporary politics and religion, and how contemporary Athenians understood the role and nature of tragedy.


Dr Rosie Wyles researches the cultural history of the ancient world through theatre performance. She did her undergraduate studies in Classics at Oxford and was awarded her PhD on the ancient performance reception of Euripides from the University of London in 2007. Her research interests include Greek and Roman performance arts, costume, reception within antiquity and beyond it, and gender.

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