War in Ancient Greek Drama

Bella Vivante
THURSDAYS 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
January 28 - April 7, 2016. No class on March 17.
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War in Ancient Greek Drama

Spring 2016
In Session
THURSDAYS
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
January 28 - April 7, 2016. No class on March 17.

Location: 

Main Campus

Tuition: 

$195

The first great work of Western literature, Homer’s phenomenal epic The Iliad, sings of the Trojan War, its horrors and its glories. To the ancient Greeks war was a fact of life. Proving oneself in battle was fundamental to becoming a man. Despite modern Western beliefs that we can resolve conflicts diplomatically, war still confronts us. Today, facing an implacably savage enemy leaves many conflicted about the morality of warfare.

Greek warfare differed from modern practices: unquestioningly accepting that war was necessary; promoting the material gains of war; glorifying the warrior; and especially the concept of a “beautiful death.” Appreciating the range of ancient Greek views about war will broaden students’ perspective on contemporary issues, and the portrayals of these views through the intensified dramatics of the plays we will read will vibrantly engage students.

 

Required Reading: 

Please note: You may use any translation of the assigned plays that you have or find ready access to in hard copy or online. The books ordered are the fewest available with decent translations at a fairly low price.

 

Aeschylus. Oresteia. Trans. Peter Meineck. Hackett Publishing, 1998. ISBN-13: 978-0872203907.

 

 

The Complete Aeschylus: Volume II: Persians and Other Plays. Trans. by Peter Burian and Alan Shapiro. Oxford University Press, 2009.ISBN-13: 978-0195373288.

 

 

The Complete Sophocles: Volume II: Electra and Other Plays. Trans. by Peter Burian and Alan Shapiro. Oxford University Press, 2009.ISBN-13: 978-0195373301.

 

 

Euripides. Electra and Other Plays. Trans. by John Davie. Penguin Classics, 1999. ISBN-13: 978-0140446685.

 

 

Aristophanes: The Complete Plays. Trans. by Paul Roche. Penguin, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0451214096.

 

Recommended Reading: 

Euripides’ Iphigenia at Aulis in Euripides Bacchae and Other Plays. Trans. by James Morwood. Oxford Paperbacks, Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN: 978-0199540525.

 

 

 

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Meet Your Professor

Professor Emerita
Department of Religious Studies and Classics

Honored to receive 2018’s Ted & Shirley Taubeneck Superior Teaching Award, Bella brings her enthusiastic love of Ancient Greek poetry and culture to her HSP classes: Homer’s brilliant epics, select themes in Greek drama, Ancient Anatolia, more. See this dynamic antiquity in her Daughters of Gaia: Women in the Ancient Mediterranean, translation of Euripides’s Helen in Women on the Edge: Four Plays by Euripides, or Women and Family in Ancient Greece DVD.

Location

Poetry Center
Dorothy Rubel Room
1508 E Helen
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
Located on the SE corner of Helen Street and Vine Avenue, one block north of Speedway and three blocks west of Campbell Ave.

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