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Who was Anaxagoras? Greek scientist

By |2018-04-23T14:05:11+00:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks, Science|

A map showing Clazomenae Like Thales before him, Anaxagoras was born in what's now Turkey. Anaxagoras was born around 500 BC in a city called Clazomenae, in the Persian Empire. When he was a child, Clazomenae participated in the Ionian Revolt and soon became part of the Athenian Empire. Anaxagoras seems to have been born into a rich family, and he [...]

Iphigeneia in Aulis – Euripides – ancient Greece

By |2018-04-23T11:42:46+00:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Iphigeneia brought to the sacrifice (Pompeii, ca. 79 AD) When Helen ran off with Paris, her husband Menelaus, the king of Sparta, was very upset. He went to visit his older brother, Agamemnon (ag-a-MEM-non), the king of Mycenae. Menelaus reminded Agamemnon about the oath that all the suitors swore when they were fighting over who would marry Helen. Menelaus insisted that his brother call [...]

Plot of the Trojan Women – Euripides

By |2018-04-23T10:13:18+00:00July 11th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Cassandra dragged away from the altar (House of Menander, Pompeii, ca. 70 AD) Euripides lived in ancient Athens. He wrote the Trojan Women in 415 BC during the Peloponnesian War. This was just after the Athenians had killed every man on the island of Melos, and enslaved all the women and children. The play [...]

Phaedra’s suicide – Euripides’ Phaedra

By |2018-06-19T15:58:18+00:00July 11th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

After Phaedra's suicide, Hippolytus drives his chariot away (On a red-figure vase from Southern Italy, ca. 350 BC) Phaedra - the second half of the play So the clueless chorus is singing about the need for love and balance in people's lives. (What's the beginning of Phaedra's story?) Phaedra's suicide But suddenly Phaedra's [...]

Phaedra and Hippolytus – Euripides

By |2018-04-23T09:09:06+00:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Phaedra falls in love with the hunter Hippolytus (Pompeii, ca. 79 AD) Phaedra is a play written by the Greek playwright Euripides. It is concerned with dike, justice, but also with sophrosyne, or control: how do people control themselves? When should they control themselves? Is control always good? In this way, the play [...]

Medea – Euripides – Summary

By |2018-04-23T09:05:34+00:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Medea: Creusa gets her new magic dress from a slave The Greek playwright Euripides wrote the play Medea in Athens, in the late 400s BC. It's about the opposition, the agon, between Greeks and barbarians, where the Greeks are rational, controlled people, and the barbarians are irrational, passionate, unthinking. In this way, the play [...]

Euripides – ancient Greek playwright

By |2018-04-23T08:43:16+00:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Euripides' plays: Phaedra and her slave (a fresco from Pompeii, ca. 79 AD) Euripides was the youngest of the three great tragic playwrights of classical Athens. He lived in the last part of the 400s BC, during the Peloponnesian War. Euripides competed against Sophocles in many dramatic competitions, and sometimes Euripides won, and [...]

Bacchae – Euripides – Summary

By |2018-04-23T08:12:49+00:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Bacchae: Followers of Bacchus partying Liberty and license Euripides wrote this play, which is, like many of Euripides' plays (like Phaedra or Medea), primarily about the balance between self-control (sophrosyne (SOFF-row-sue-nay) in Greek) and emotional freedom. This is another aspect of the conflict between nature and law, physis and nomos, which the Greeks [...]

Reading a Greek play – Ancient Greece project

By |2018-04-18T23:33:16+00:00June 11th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Greek theater at Epidauros One great activity to understand ancient Greece better is to stage a scene from a Greek play The first Greek plays grew out of choir performances, starting around 600 BC. First, the choirmaster began facing the choir and singing a few lines, and then the choir would respond. In [...]