Greek Tragedy

Ref: C2227550

The tragedies of Classical Athens have resonated through the centuries. Who made the them? Why were they so important? What do they mean to us now? We will uncover the perennial lure of tragedy from its ancient origins to revivals on today’s stage. In the process we will discuss plays from the three playwrights whose work survives. The selection includes: Aeschylus’ Persians (a metaphysical history play which sympathises with a hostile army), Agamemnon (the king who was killed by his wife as soon as he returned from the Trojan War), and Prometheus Bound (the punishment of the rebellious titan); Sophocles’ Oedipus plays (the fate of the man who killed his father and married his mother), and Antigone (the great rebel against a tyrannical state); and Euripides’ Trojan Women (the appalling aftermath of the legendary war), Medea (the sorceress who helped Jason steal the golden fleece), and The Bacchae (a cautionary tale of the risks of denying the intoxications of the god Dionysus).

Additional information about this course

No skills or Experience needed No course on 27/10/2020

Course aim

To discover the circumstances around the creation of the first tragic dramas, to read and discuss a selection of these captivating plays, and to consider their enduring appeal.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Recall the circumstances of the performance of ancient drama
  • Identify and interpret typical themes in Greek tragedy
  • Discuss the meaning of a variety of dramatic and mythical plots
  • Develop skills in expressing your opinions based on the evidence in the texts.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Extracts from the tragedies will be provided, but you are encouraged to carry out your own research between sessions.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Greek Tragedy

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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