use five core courses for a Classical Studies Minor

CL 109/EN109 Greek Tragedy In English Translation

Spring 2018

Professor Rosivach

DMH 126

office hours: Monday and Thursay, 12:30; Wednesday 9:00 pm.

If you plan to come in the evening please let me know in advance.

syllabus                                                                                                                                  group project

timeline                                                                                                                                 final essay

class materials

For mythological questions, try the Encyclopedia Mythica, Theoi, Carlos Parada’s Greek Mythology Link or the search engine to Bulfinch's Mythology.


0. January 17: orientation


1. Janury 24: A World of Woe

            Euripides, Trojan Women

            Euripides, Hecuba

            Euripides, Andromache


2. January 31: War

            Aeschylus, Seven Against Thebes

            Euripides, Iphigenia at Aulis

            Sophocles, Ajax


3. February 14: What Goes Around …  NO CLASS ON FEBRUARY 7

            Aeschylus, Agamemnon

            Aeschylus, Libation Bearers

            Aeschylus, Eumenides


4. February 21: Compare and Contrast

            Sophocles, Electra

            Euripides, Electra


5. February 28: Nothing in Common

           Aeschylus, Suppliants

            Euripides(?), Rhesus


6. March 21 Thebes the Dysfunctional

            Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus

            Sophocles, Antigone


7. March 28: Three Cheers for the Home Team

            Aeschylus, Persians

            Euripides, Children of Heracles


8. April 4: Ah, Love!          

            Euripides, Medea

            Sophocles, Trachinians


9. April 11: And They Lived Happily Ever After

            Euripides, Alcestis

            Euripides, Helen


10. April 18: study questions under construction

            ­Aeschylus, Persians

            Sophocles, Philoctetes


12. April 25: OMG!!!

            Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound

            Euripides, Bacchant Women


13. group projects



“[T]he work of the poet is not to say what happened, but what sorts of things would happen and are possible according to probability or necessity… And so poetry is a more philosophical and a more serious thing than history, for poetry speaks of generalities while history speaks of particulars”  (Aristotle, Poetics 1451a36-1451b7).