Ancient Greek drama: an introduction

Course Dates: 30/04/24 - 28/05/24
Time: 14:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Have a taste of exploring the ancient Athenian stage, and how they still speak to us about the challenges we face today.
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Ancient Greek drama: an introduction
  • Course Code: RT202
  • Dates: 30/04/24 - 28/05/24
  • Time: 14:30 - 16:30
  • Taught: Tue, Daytime
  • Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Maria Contos

Course Code: RT202

Tue, day, 30 Apr - 28 May '24

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

In recent years the theatre world, both in London and internationally, has shown great interest in performing ancient Greek plays. In this taster course, we will discuss some of the most famous ancient Greek plays. We will discuss the plot, the main themes, the symbolisms and how they reflect the human condition of all ages.
You don’t need to be an expert in ancient Greek culture or the theatre, just have an enquiring mind.

What will we cover?

We will discuss some of the most famous plays written by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes. We will explore key themes and differing interpretations of their meaning, the historical context in which the texts were written, and why they have continued to resonate across the centuries.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Locate key texts in the context of the classical Greek world, with a basic knowledge of how they would have
been received (understood) when they were first performed.
- Contribute to a discussion on the main themes including why they are still performed today.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a taster course so you don’t need to have any previous experience or knowledge.
The course is designed to be accessible and enjoyable for anyone with an enquiring mind and an interest in the ancient Greek plays. Nevertheless, a GCSE-level grasp of reading and speaking English is recommended.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This course will combine in-class, presentation by the tutor and group discussions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

A notepad and a pen.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Any other City Lit courses offered in Classics history or literature.

Maria Contos

Maria Contos has published many stories with mythical themes. She has also written and performed puppet shows and plays based on myths. She has adopted myths for television and theatre, teaches mythology and runs creative writing workshops. She also teaches languages.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.