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Greek Theatre

4. The Gods

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Lecture

In this module, Rosie looks at how the gods were presented on the Classical Greek stage. Key topics include the idea of divine justice, fate and determinism and the concept of double-determination, as well as less flattering depictions of the gods in comedy. Key texts include: Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, Sophocles’ Ajax and Oedipus the King, Euripides’ Hippolytus, Medea, and Bacchae, and Aristophanes’ Frogs.

Course

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.

Lecturer

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 - The Gods [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/greek-tragedy-and-comedy-an-introduction/the-gods

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Wyles, Rosie. "Greek Theatre – The Gods." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/greek-tragedy-and-comedy-an-introduction/the-gods