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Greek literature – ancient Greece

By |2018-04-23T08:12:51-07:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Sappho The Greeks wrote a great deal, and a surprising amount of what they wrote is still available to us today, 2500 years later. We traditionally divide Greek literature into types: 1) the epic (EH-pick): Around 700 BC, Homer wrote two connected epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey. Epics are long poems which [...]

Euripides’ plays – ancient Greece

By |2019-06-01T14:24:27-07:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Euripides' plays: Phaedra and her slave (a fresco from Pompeii, ca. 79 AD) When did Euripides live? 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. Classical Athens Greek theater Greek literature All our ancient [...]

Bacchae – Euripides – Summary

By |2019-02-08T05:07:56-07:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Bacchae: Followers of Bacchus (Dionysos)  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, chaos and order physis and nomos, [...]

Antigone – Sophocles – Summary

By |2019-01-28T05:28:17-07:00July 9th, 2017|History|

Antigone at her brother's grave, from the Louvre (Paris) Sophocles' Antigone Antigone is a play that Sophocles wrote. He was an Athenian, who lived in the 400s BC.  The play tells the story of Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus. Who was Oedipus? More about Sophocles More Greek literature All our Ancient Greece articles It takes [...]

Reading a Greek play – Ancient Greece project

By |2018-04-18T23:33:16-07:00June 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 [...]