Course duration: 30 hours
Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed
Greek tragedies were a form of theatre written and performed in 5th Century B.C. Greece to honour the God Dionysius. The three most famous playwrights were Sophocles, Euripides, and Aeschylus who competed in and won competitions every year. Traditionally, Greek tragedies were trilogies, with each play ending in a moment of catharsis experienced by the protagonist. Unfortunately, except for one, no complete trilogy has survived. The tragedies included in this Interest Course are The Agamemnon, Medea, Sophocles’ Electra and the classic Sophocles’ play Antigone.
For any student or lover of literature, it is important to read and understand these works as they have had a large impact on modern day theatre and philosophy. For example, a lot of Shakespeare’s themes and structures were influenced by Greek tragedies, you can draw parallels to them with many of Richard Wagner’s works, and much of Immanuel Kant’s philosophy is derived from their teaching.