The Modern Scholar: Greek Drama: Tragedy and Comedy

  • by Peter Meineck
  • Narrated by Peter Meineck
  • 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

The plays of one ancient city 2,500 years ago by just four playwrights have had a profound effect on the development of all subsequent Western drama, not only on the theatrical stage, but on opera, film, television, stand-up comedy, and dance - in fact, most, if not all, of the live arts owe a debt to the theatre of ancient Greece and the city of Athens. This course will examine the social, historical, and political context of ancient Greek drama and equip listeners with a set of critical analytical tools for developing their own appreciation of this vitally important genre. The course will focus on the four extant playwrights, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes, and examine each of their plays closely.


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Although it's about 8 hours long, I've listened to this series of lectures many times. They are not only informative but told with such passion, insight and sensitivity that I got hooked from the start. I'm so happy I discovered the 'Modern Scholar' series, I'm sure I'll come back for more!
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- Olga

Its all Greek!

This is wonderful as an introduction to Greek drama and the lively lectures do not allow the mind to wander except perhaps to seach for that odd book of Greek plays.

Brilliantly delivered lectures makes the whole incomplete tangle of Greek playwrights, plays and their preoccupations come to life.

Decidedly, if you have even the smallest interest in the subject, this will illuminate the fascinating subject of Greek drama, an important foundation stone of modern plays
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- Rogayah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-02-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books