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About this Lecture
In amongst all the jokes, fifth-century comedy offered serious criticism of the Athenian democracy and its politicians. Tragedy also engaged with fifth-century politics, despite being based in the mythic past. In this module, Rosie explores the theme of ‘politics’ in Greek theatre, examining key scenes in Aeschylus’ Eumenides, Euripides’ Medea and Hippolytus, and Aristophanes’ Wasps and Lysistrata.
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.
Rosie Wyles studied Classics at Oxford, graduating from St. Anne’s college in 2004. She has been involved with the Archive for the Performance Reception of Greek and Roman drama, Oxford (www.apgrd.ox.ac.uk) since 2004 when she was awarded the AHRC PhD studentship attached to the APGRD’s project on the reception of the tragic canon within antiquity. Her thesis, supervised by Professor Edith Hall, was on costume’s role in the ancient performance reception of Euripides’ Telephus, Heracles and Andromeda. She was awarded her doctorate from the University of London in 2007. After the completion of her doctorate, she has held posts at the University of Oxford, the National University of Ireland Maynooth and the University of Nottingham. Her research interests include: Greek and Roman performance arts, costume, reception within antiquity, performance reception and gender. Her most recent research project, begun as Leverhulme research fellow at the University of Nottingham, is on Madame Dacier’s French translations of Greek and Latin texts in Louis XIV’s France and the significance of her work to gender battles (in her own time and beyond).
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Wyles, R. (2018, August 15). Greek Theatre - Politics [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/greek-tragedy-and-comedy-an-introduction/politics
Wyles, Rosie. "Greek Theatre – Politics." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/greek-tragedy-and-comedy-an-introduction/politics