Harvard University Summer School

The Classics S-129

Gods and Rituals in Greek Tragedy

Limited Enrollment Course
4 units
3:30-6 pm

Albert M Henrichs

A comprehensive study of the ways in which Greek myth and religion shaped the form, content, and outlook of Attic tragedy in the fifth century BC. Readings in translation include a representative selection of plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. Emphasis on major deities such as Zeus, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, and Dionysus; the function and meaning of myth, and its transformation in drama; relevant aspects of cult and worship; the origins and performance of tragedy; the concept of the tragic hero; and the distinctive voice of each playwright. A combination of close readings, discussions, and lectures.

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