Lecture 1. Why Athens? -- Lecture 2. The play's the thing: how Greek drama came down to us and a typical day at the Greek theatre -- Lecture 3. The origins of Greek drama -- Lecture 4. The tragic theatre -- Lecture 5. Aeschylus -- Lecture 6. The Oresteia: our only trilogy -- Lecture 7. Agamemnon continued -- Lecture 8. Libation bearers -- Lecture 9. The Furies -- Lecture 10. Sophocles -- Lecture 11. Sophocles' Oedipus Plays -- Lecture 12. Euripides -- Lecture 13. Euripides' The Bacchae and Aristophanes' Clouds -- Lecture 14. Aristophanes 2.
The plays of one ancient city 2500 years ago by just four playwrights have had a profound effect on the development of Western drama, including opera, film, television, comedy, and dance. This course examines the social, historical, and political context of ancient Greek drama and provides a set of analytical tools for developing an appreciation of this important genre.