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Whereas Homer celebrates the suffering, heroism and triumphs of the archaic warrior and Aeschylus dramatizes the thematic transition from ancient revenge culture to a rough equivalent of modern judicial procedure, Euripides casts the events of the Trojan war in an ironic light tending to prompt skepticism with regard to the human propensity for murder and mayhem. In this course, we will read and discuss three dramatic masterpieces by Euripides (Iphigenia in Aulis, The Trojan Women, Helen) each one based on particular incidents or characters from the Homeric epics.
INSTRUCTOR: Lillian Corti - After obtaining her doctorate in Comparative Literature at the City University of New York, Dr. Corti taught Comparative Drama at the University of Tulsa, World Literature and Women’s Center in Greece. She published a book-length study on the myth of Medea which included chapters on dramatic works by Euripides, Seneca, Corneille, Grillparzer and various modern authors.
REQUIRED BOOKS: All three books from the Complete Greek Tragedies, ed. Grene & Lattimore, U of Chicago Press: Euripides II, Helen, trans, Richmond Lattimore, Euripides III, The Trojan Women, trans. Richmond Lattimore, and Euripides IV, Iphigenia In Aulis, trans. Charles R. Walker.
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