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Greek Theatre

1. Introductory Concepts

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The fifth century was a Golden Age for Classical drama, with works from tragedians such as Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, and the comic playwright Aristophanes. In this module, Rosie provides an introduction to Greek Theatre, including its social, political, and religious context in fifth-century Athens, the conventions and form of the plays themselves, and the evidence for Classical drama.


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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