|Greek Tragedies||Zela's Wine Bar, Highgate||Seven weeks||07 Nov - 19 Dec||Tuesdays 7-9 PM|
Twenty-five hundred years after they were written, Classical Greek tragedies such as Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and Antigone, and Euripides’ Medea still have the power to transfix us with their keen insight into human emotions and motivations.
Through compelling language and such enduring characters as Oedipus, Jocasta, Creon, Antigone, Prometheus, Cassandra, Clytemnestra, Orestes and Iphigenia the Greek tragedians explored ideas of friendship, loyalty, love, pride, vengeance, justice, honor, kinship and fate. Along with Shakespeare, they have defined our sense of tragedy and our expectations of tragic theater.
Reading the tragedies is an immensely rewarding experience of refined artistry, rich poetry and penetrating ideas. This seven week study will read six classical Greek tragic dramas:
Sophocles: Oedipus Rex
We will also read the Poetics, Aristotle’s still-influential study of the nature of tragic drama and human nature.
This study is part of a sequence looking at ancient Greek and Roman literature. Previous studies in 2017 have included Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, and Virgil’s Aeneid. The sequence will continue in 2018 with Herodotus, Plato, Plutarch, Marcus Aurelius and the Stoics, and Ovid.
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