CLAS-G305: Greek Tragedy (Euripides)


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Course Description

This course will serve as an introduction to Euripides through a close examination of two of his most controversial and exciting plays: Medea and Bacchae. The primary goal of this class is to become accurate and adept readers of Attic tragedy and, to this end, the majority of class time will be spent translating the Greek, with special attention paid to grammar and syntax. We will, however, also acquire facility with the various meters of tragedy and explore aspects of its style and poetics. As we make our way through the texts, we will address some of the major scholarly issues connected to these plays such as the role of the gods in Euripidean tragedy, representations of “Greek” vs. “foreign,” and elements of gender transgression.