One Family's Feud: Greek Tragedy, Then and Now

Robert Groves
Tuesday 2 PM - 4 PM AZ Time
May 21, 28, and June 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2024
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One Family's Feud: Greek Tragedy, Then and Now

Summer 2024
In Session
2 PM - 4 PM AZ Time
May 21, 28, and June 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2024

Course Format: 



Main Campus



One testament to the impact of Ancient Greek tragedy is its enduring relevance.  In this course, we’ll examine one story told over and over again over the millennia: The murder of the Greek warlord by the Agamemnon by his wife Clytemnestra and his cousin Aegisthus.  This act prompts still more familial violence: But will the cycle of violence continue forever or can the curse finally be broken?  

Together we’ll carefully examine 3 versions of this story told by the greatest Greek Tragedians.  Then we’ll jump forward to Eugene O’Neill’s shocking Freudian re-telling of the story, Mourning Becomes Electra (1931), and two works by 21st century playwrights that use the tragedy to confront modern problems. Luis Alfaro’s Electricidad (2003) locates the cycle of violence in the Latinx communities of Los Angeles, while Yael Farber’s 2008 South African treatment, Molora, uses the saga to address post-apartheid reconciliation. Through these plays, ancient and modern, we will confront fundamental truths about humanity, our place in the world, what we can and cannot change about our fates, and about the benefits and challenges of family and civilization.

Summer 2024 Registration Opens Online:
Monday, March 4, 2024 at 8 AM (AZ Time) 

Meet Your Professor

Associate Professor of Practice
Department of Religious Studies and Classics

Dr. Rob Groves is an Associate Professor of Practice and has worked in the Classics program for the past ten years. He regularly works on and teaches about ancient Greek drama and modern dramatic engagement with the Classics, informed by his ongoing experience with theatrical practice as an actor, singer, director, and writer. Dr. Groves was recognized by the Society for Classical Studies with their award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics at the College Level.


  • All classes will be delivered on-campus and online via live video streaming. Students will enroll in their preferred format during registration.
  • On-Campus classes will be held in the Rubel Room at the University of Arizona's Poetry Center (1508 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85721). Enrollment for in-person classes is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. All students enrolled to attend in person also have complete online access and may choose to attend one or all class sessions remotely if desired.
  • Online students may attend all classes via live video streaming and will be able to participate in all course Q&A sessions with the professor in real-time. A high-speed internet connection and a device capable of running Zoom are required to connect. Online access will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.
  • Class Recordings - All HSP classes are recorded and available for every enrolled student to watch for the duration of the course and one month after the last class session. This option is offered to aid students who cannot attend the live class times but desire to enroll and participate asynchronously. We hope this option also aids students who are traveling or have a necessary appointment that conflicts with a class session to stay connected and engaged with the course material.


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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