Instructors: Carol Gilbertson and Mark Z. Muggli
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