If you’ve ever attended a theater performance, listened to an orchestra, or been part of a chorus, you’ve witnessed the legacy of the Classical World. Theater emerged in Athens (Greece) in the 6th century BCE, as part of the worship of Dionysus, the god of overcoming social boundaries (and wine!). Within two centuries it had blossomed into a public discussion platform not only for entertainment, but also for exploring pressing social concerns such as the lives of women, the rights of tyrants, and the will of the gods—all within mythological stories that would become some of the best known of all time.
CLAS-C 310 presents an in-depth survey of the development of theater in Ancient Greece and Rome, as a window into societies, ancient and modern. We will read foundational tragedies such as Oedipus the King, a study in governmental hubris, and Medea, an exploration of the oppression of women. The course examines these plays as works of literature, social documents, and unique opportunities to address fascinating topics including:
- the lives of marginalized social groups, including women, children, the poor, and the enslaved
- religious belief and practice
- the development of entertainment as a social force
- and more!!
Most importantly, you will learn to think critically about important questions: How was ancient society organized? How did they struggle with and debate important social issues? How do ancient cultures continue to shape the world we inhabit today?
- offered in hybrid format
- can be applied to the Classical Studies Minor and the Communications Certificate in Theater and Performance
- 3 credits
Coming Next: Spring 2025
- hybrid TR 10:30 – 11:45 AM (Dr. Elizabeth Thill)