English 165

Special Topics: Greek Tragedy in Translation

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Fall 2014 No instructor assigned yet.
TTh 12:30-2 103 Wheeler

Book List

Aeschylus, ed. Grene, Lattimore, et al.: Aeschylus II: The Oresteia--Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides; Euripides, ed. Griffith et al.: Euripides I : Medea, Alcestis, The Children of Heracles, Hyppolytus; Euripides, ed. Griffith et al.: Euripides II: Andromache, Hecuba, The Suppliant Women, Electra; Euripides, ed. Griffith et al.: Euripides V: Bacchae, Iphigenia in Aulis, The Cyclops, Rhesus; Sophocles, ed. Griffith et al.: Sophocles I: Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone


The lectures, class discussions, readings, and writing assignments are intended to develop students' ability to analyze, understand, and evaluate a number of important ancient texts. The class will examine the deep implications of these early sources and how they raised critical questions that concern western societies up to the present day. The class will look at their concepts of individuality, family, freedom, will, meaning, knowledge, mind, God, and political practice. Along the way, the course will consider some connecting tissue, such as psychotherapy, economics, gender, literary theory, and ecology.


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