Euripides

New Course: Euripides: Hippolytus

Key Information:

Name: Euripides: Hippolytus

Tutor: Dr James Morwood

Number of Modules: 6

Module List:

  1. The Prologue
  2. The Nurse’s Speech
  3. Hippolytus’ Rant
  4. The Agon
  5. The Messenger Speech
  6. The End of the Play

Description:

In this course, Dr James Morwood (University of Oxford) explores Euripides’ Hippolytus, a play in which the goddess Cypris, takes revenge on Hippolytus for his refusal to worship her. As we move through the course, we focus on six scenes on particular interest, providing close reading and analysis, as well as thinking about broader themes in this play specifically and in Athenian tragedy more generally.

Relevance to Specification:

This course is designed for students taking AQA AS/A Level GCE in Classical Civilization, Unit 3 CIV3 Option C (Greek Tragedy) or OCR AS/A Level GCE in Classical Civilization, AS Unit CC4 (Greek Tragedy in its context).

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New Course: The Music of Greek Tragedy

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Name: The Music of Greek Tragedy

Tutor: Dr Armand D’Angour (Associate Professor in Classical Languages and Literature at Jesus College, Oxford)

Number of Modules: 5

Module List:

  1. Introduction: Music in Tragedy
  2. Musical Instruments
  3. Rhythm and Metre
  4. Melody and Euripides’ ‘New Music’
  5. Metre and Rhythm in Euripides’ Medea

Description:

In this course, Dr Armand D’Angour (University of Oxford) explores the use of music in ancient tragedy, thinking in particular about the kinds of musical instruments that were used, the metre, rhythm, and melodies of tragic poetry. The course ends by looking in more detail at Euripides’ Medea, showing how and understanding of metre can enhance our reading of the play.

Relevance to Specification:

This course is designed for students taking AQA AS/A Level GCE in Classical Civilization, Unit 3 CIV3 Option C (Greek Tragedy) or OCR AS/A Level GCE in Classical Civilization, AS Unit CC4 (Greek Tragedy in its context).

New Course: Greek Tragedy: Ritual and Religion

Key Information

Name: Greek Tragedy: Ritual and Religion

Tutor: Profesor Richard Seaford (Professor Emeritus in Ancient Greek at the University of Exeter)

Number of Modules: 5

Module List:

  1. The Cult of Dionysus
  2. The Origins of Tragedy and Euripides’ Bacchae
  3. Aeschylus’ Agamemnon
  4. Sophocles’ Antigone
  5. Euripides’ Hippolytus

Description:

In this course, Professor Richard Seaford (University of Exeter) explores the importance of ritual and religion in Greek tragedy. Having begun with a discussion of the god Dionysus and his cult in Attica, as well as the supposed origins of tragedy, we then look more closely at the use of ritual and religion in three plays: Aeschylus’s Agamemnon, Sophocles’ Antigone, and Euripides’ Hippolytus.

Relevance to Specification:

This course is designed for students taking AQA AS/A Level GCE in Classical Civilization, Unit 3 CIV3 Option C (Greek Tragedy) or OCR AS/A Level GCE in Classical Civilization, AS Unit CC4 (Greek Tragedy in its context).

New Course: Euripides: Electra

Key Information:

Name: Euripides: Electra

Tutor: Professor Judith Mossman (Professor in the Faculty of Arts, University of Nottingham)

Number of Modules: 6

Module List:

  1. Other Electras: Aeschylus and Sophocles
  2. Characterisation: Electra
  3. The Recognition Scene
  4. The Chorus and its Role
  5. Characterisation: Clytemnestra
  6. The Meaning of the Ending

Description:

In this course, Professor Judith Mossman (University of Nottingham) explores Euripides’ Electra, a play which depicts a brother and sister avenging their father’s death by killing their own mother. As we move through the course, we think about a number of issues, including: earlier treatments of the figure of Electra by Aeschylus and Sophocles, the characterisation of Electra and Clytemnestra, the scene in which Electra recognises her long-lost brother, the role of the Chorus in the play, and the meaning of the ending.

Relevance to Specification:

This course is designed for students taking OCR AS/A Level GCE in Classical Civilization, AS Unit CC4 (Greek Tragedy in its context).

New Course: Euripides: Medea

Name: Euripides: Medea

Tutor: Professor Judith Mossman (Professor in the Faculty of Arts, University of Nottingham)

Number of Modules: 6

Module List:

  1. Performance Context
  2. Earlier Medeas: Pindar, Sophocles and Euripides
  3. Women and Men
  4. Greeks and Barbarians
  5. What Does Jason Do Wrong?
  6. The Final Scene

Description:

In this course, Professor Judith Mossman (University of Nottingham) explores Euripides’ Medea, a play which depicts a marital breakdown so severe that it leads to one woman taking revenge on her husband by killing their two children.

As we move through the course, we think about a number of issues, including: the original performance context of the play, earlier treatments of the figure of Medea and what Euripides’ did differently, the idea of Medea as a character that is somehow “masculine” or “barbarian”, and the astonishing final scene in which Medea escapes Corinth in the Chariot of the Sun.

Relevance to Specification:

This course is designed for students taking AQA AS/A Level GCE in Classical Civilization, Unit 3 CIV3 Option C (Greek Tragedy) or OCR AS/A Level GCE in Classical Civilization, AS Unit CC4 (Greek Tragedy in its context).