GREEK 405-01

Greek Tragedy: Tragedy in the Age of Pericles

Fall, 2001

Instructor: William Hutton
Office: Morton 326
Phone: 221-2993
Office hours: MWF 12-1 pm and by appointment.

Time and place of Class: MWF 8-8:50 am; Morton 340 (?)

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Course Description:
This is course will read three Athenian tragedies in the original Greek, one each by each of the great tragedians Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. These three playwrights belonged to different generations, but there was a period, late in the career of Aeschylus and relatively early in the careers of Euripides and Sophocles, when all three of them were producing plays. Though considerable doubt exists as to the dating of two of the three plays (and considerable doubt about even the authorship of one of them), all can be at least tentatively assigned dates between the 450’s and the early 430’s BCE, a period in which Athens was expanding her empire, the Parthenon was being built, and the reins of political and cultural influence were being grasped ever more firmly by Pericles. Thus, while we will make traditional observations about the differences in the style and outlook of three playwrights, we will also keep an eye out for similarities and ask whether they have anything to do with the common historical setting that they all shared.

The goals of the course include: 1) Continuing the development of your grasp of Greek grammar and vocabulary; 2) Introducing you to the forms and conventions of one of the major genres of Greek literature 3) Giving you an intimate acquaintance with three plays that were influential both in their own time and in later periods 4) Providing you with practice in the appreciation of literature in its social and historical context.

Required Textbooks:

Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound (Griffith, ed.)

Sophocles, Ajax (Stanford, ed.)

Euripides, Alcestis (Dale, ed.)

Euripides, Alcestis (Hamilton & Haslam, eds.)

Optional Reference Work:

H.G. Liddell, Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon.

Assignments and Grading:
Your grade will be calculated as follows:

NOTE: Your grade will be calculated on a strictly numerical basis and converted to letter grades on the following scale: 93-100 = A; 89-92 = A-; 85-88=B+; 81-84 = B; 77-80 = B-; 74-76 = C+; 71-73 = C; 68-70 = C-; 64-67 = D+; 60-63 = D; 55-59= D-; Below 55 = F.

Explanation of Grade Components:

Important Course Policy:
No late papers or assignments will be accepted without verifiable evidence of dire circumstances. No special arrangements whatsoever will be made if you do not notify me of your dire circumstances within 48 HOURS after the deadline of the paper/assignment.

Tentative Class Schedule: This schedule presents the main topics to be covered each week. More specific information on assignments will be given as we proceed through the semester, but the DATES of the tests and the DEADLINES for the paper will remain the same barring some unforeseen major catastrophe.

Week 1 Aug 29-31: Prometheus Bound 

Week 2 Sept 3-7: Prometheus Bound
	Sept 7 (Friday) First Quiz

Week 3 Sept 10-14: Prometheus Bound  

Week 4 Sept 17-21: Prometheus Bound
	Sept 17 (Monday): First possible day for oral reports

Week 5 Sept 24-28: Prometheus Bound 

 Sept 28 (Friday): TEST #1

Week 6 Oct 1-5: Sophocles’ Ajax

Week 7 Oct 8-12: Ajax       
Week 8 Oct 15-19: Ajax       
Oct 15 (Monday) NO CLASS (Fall Break)  
Week 9 Oct 22-26: Ajax 

Week 10 Oct 29-Nov 2: Ajax

Week 11 Nov 5-9: Ajax/Alcestis
November 5 (Monday): TEST #2
Week 12 Nov 12-16:   Euripides’ Alcestis   
Week 13 Nov 19-23: Alcestis 

	Nov 19 (Monday): DEADLINE for approval of term paper topic
	Nov 21-23: NO CLASS (Thanksgiving)

Week 14 Nov 26-30:  Alcestis 

Week 15 Dec 3-7: Alcestis

Dec 7 (Friday): TERM PAPER DUE             

Dec 11 (Tuesday) 8:30 am: FINAL EXAM