Ancient Greek Theater Production
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|Course Dates||Weeks||Meeting Times||Status||Instructor(s)||CRN|
|July 28, 2014 - August 08, 2014||2||M-F 3:50-6:40P||Open||Tara Mulder||10632|
What did the ancient Greeks do for entertainment? Today we have movies, concerts, Youtube, and countless other sources of amusement. For the ancient Greeks, theater was the main game in town. Every year, companies of citizen actors would produce original, large budget plays. The competition was fierce, the prizes: glory, gold, and undying fame.
Western theater has its origins in the works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes and anyone with an interest in theater history and production or ancient Greece will find this course useful. We will focus on the culture and atmosphere of theatrical production in 5th Century BCE Athens, covering all aspects of ancient Greek theater including the theatrical space, costumes, citizen involvement, tragic vs. comic conventions, women at the theater, theatrical competition and the festival atmosphere. In addition to reading the texts of plays, we will examine evidence for production itself, including archeological material and historical testimonials. We will also experiment with our own performances of the plays, pulling them off the written page and bringing them alive with our voices and bodies. Because theater is one of the largest sub-fields in the discipline of Classics this focused, physical and intellectual engagement with ancient Greek plays will prepare students for further study in Classics at the college level. The course will give them insights into the concepts, problems and methodologies that preoccupy scholars of the Classics.
By the end of this course students should be familiar with the themes, conventions and preoccupations of ancient Greek theater and understand the various aspects of ancient Greek theater production. They should understand how ancient Greek theater production is different from our modern forms of entertainment production and they should have first hand knowledge of the issues surrounding the production of ancient plays. They should also be able to reflect on their engagement with the plays in a concise, persuasive written format.
There are no prerequisites. All readings will be in English. Students with a particular interest in theatrical production are encouraged to apply.
* Please note: This course has a Supplemental fee of $50.00.