Dramatic Greece

Instructors: Carol Gilbertson and Mark Z. Muggli

Course Description:
In this course, students explore the history of theatre’s birthplace and its fifth-century role by studying Classical Greek plays, theatre sites, and other cultural and natural settings. We read such plays as Medea, Agamemnon, Oedipus Rex, Antigone, The Trojan Women, and Lysistrata and perform scenes in the very spots where they were performed – the Theater of Dionysos in Athens and theatres in Delphi and Epidauros – or where their mythical stories are set – such as Mycenae with its beehive tombs and Tiryns with its Cyclopean rocks. We not only study the great sites of Greek antiquity – the Acropolis, the Parthenon, Olympia – and walk in their landscapes, but we also visit cultural sites like Corinth (where St. Paul preached to the Corinthians) and the beautiful Renaissance city of Nauplion. Students explore how we make new the cultural traditions we inherit.


Testimonials from 2010 Students

  • "Going to Greece was a truly eye-opening experience for me. To feel the power of the ancient site of Delphi, to stand on the same ground as ancient philosophers, and to eat lunch on a huge rock in Athens and look over the whole of the city was life changing. I am a history major, so this was a trip of a lifetime to see one of greatest civilizations was amazing. Some of the best food I have ever eaten was in Greece, and I am now so picky about Greek food that most places in the United States will not do. To act out ancient plays in the same places they were performed was epic.  I will never forget this trip."  —Alison Wathen (LC '11, History, Women and Gender Studies)
  • "Studying and traveling in Greece was a surreal experience. To walk in the dusty footsteps of some of the greatest and most influential political leaders, philosophers, and playwrights in history was humbling and yet inspiring. The opportunity to travel to a place like Greece with top-notch professors from Luther was so worth every penny! This class challenged me intellectually and creatively, but there was something about learning within the context (or as close as one can get) of the information that made it especially rewarding. If that is not enough to convince you, the breath-taking sights moved my soul, and the food did, too!"  —Anne Proescholdt (LC '12, Communication Studies)
  • "It was a great experience to explore a place where the past and the present live hand-in-hand. Visiting the museums and archeological sites while reading the plays of the golden age of Greece really brought the trip to life. The trip provided me with a new perspective that I have internalized, and it will remain within me."   —Andrew Knight (LC '12, Chemistry)