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Greek Theatre

4. The Gods

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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.


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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