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6AACGT05 Greek Texts V (Drama): Various Texts

Module convenor and assigned text change from year-to-year, please see below for annual information

Credit value: 15
Module convenor/tutor: Various, changes from year-to-year, see below
Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour seminars (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 2-hour examination (100%) (For Study Abroad students attending for only one semester, 1 x 2-hour test paper in December. Students should check the Study Abroad module catalogue for the relevant year for availability.)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.
Prerequisites: A pass in 4AACGK03 Greek Language 3 or a level 5 Greek text module.

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand, there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

This is a Level 6 Greek text module, focusing on drama. The text prescription will vary from time to time, and will be announced before module choices have to be made for the next academic session. Specimen prescriptions, from previous years, can be found below. The examination will test knowledge of the context, content and themes of the set text(s), as well as translation ability.

For the specific text assigned for a particular year, please see below:

2015-16, Euripides, Medea

Module convenor/tutor: Dr Ismene Lada-Richards

This module offers you the opportunity to read one fifth-century Athenian tragedy in the original Greek. Particular attention will be paid to the linguistic comprehension of the set text, but we will also endeavour to appreciate the multiple ways in which the set play interacts with its social, political and general cultural context and the ways in which it is indebted to and informed by the literary tradition that precedes it.

The set text for 2015-16 is Euripides' Medea, one of the everlasting favourites of the Athenian tragic repertoire. The play will be read in its entirety, but, depending on the overall level of the class, some very difficult choral odes may need to be omitted. 

Set Text

The prescribed edition for this module is:

  • D. J. Mastronarde (ed), Euripides' Medea: Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics (Cambridge 2002). 

You should arrange to acquire this text in good time before the first scheduled class, if nothing else because you can find good second hand deals on Amazon, provided you allow yourselves enough time.

You will be also required to consult J. Mossman, Euripides: Medea (Warminster: Aris and Phillips 2011) 

Suggested Introductory Reading:

For those of you who have no exposure to Greek Drama at all, whether at University or even at school, it will be a good idea to do some background reading on the genre in general and Euripides in particular before joining this course. There are many good introductory works that will set you up nicely for this module (and beyond!), but see whether you can lay your hands on a couple of the following during the summer:

  • P. Easterling (ed), The Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy (Cambridge 1997)
  • E. Hall, Greek Tragedy: Suffering under the Sun (Oxford 2010)
  • R. Scodel, An Introduction to Greek Tragedy (Cambridge 2010)
  • N. Sorkin Rabinowitz, Greek Tragedy (Blackwell 2008)
  • D. J. Mastronarde, The Art of Euripides: Dramatic Technique and Social Context (Cambridge 2010)

On Euripides' Medea in particular, you may want to have a look at:

  • W. Allan, Euripides: Medea (Duckworth 2003) 
  • D. Boedeker, "Euripides’ Medea and the Vanity of LOGOI," Classical Philology 86 (1991) 95-112. 
  • H. Foley, Female Acts in Greek Tragedy (Princeton 2001) 
  • M. Williamson, “A Woman's Place in Euripides' Medea”, in A. Powell (ed), Euripides, Women and Sexuality (London 1990) 

On Medea as a mythical character in antiquity and beyond: 

  • J. Clauss and S.I. Johnston, Medea: Essays on Medea in Myth, Literature, Philosophy, and Art, Princeton, 1997. 
A full bibliography will be given to you at the beginning of the course.


Recommended study aids:

  • Liddell and Scott's Greek-English lexicon (the small abridged version should be sufficient).

2013-14, Euripides, Bacchae

Module convenor/tutor: Dr Ismene Lada-Richards

This module offers you the opportunity to read one fifth-century Athenian tragedy or comedy in the original Greek. Particular attention will be paid to the linguistic comprehension of the set text, but we will also endeavour to appreciate the multiple ways in which the set play interacts with its social, political and general cultural context and the ways in which it is indebted to and informed by the literary tradition that precedes it. The set text for 2013-14 is Euripides' Bacchae, one of the most powerful and haunting plays of the Athenian tragic repertoire.

Set Text

The prescribed edition for this module is:

  • R. Seaford (ed), Euripides' Bacchae (with introduction, translation and commentary) (Warminster 1996).

You should arrange to acquire this text in good time before the first scheduled class, if nothing else because you can find good second hand deals on Amazon, provided you allow yourselves enough time.

You will be also required to consult E. R. Dodds (ed) Euripides: Bacchae (2nd edn. Oxford 1960)

Suggested Introductory Reading:

For those of you who have no exposure to Greek Drama at all, whether at University or even at school, it will be a good idea to do some background reading on the genre in general and Euripides in particular before joining this course. There are many good introductory works that will set you up nicely for this module (and beyond!), but see whether you can lay your hands on a couple of the following during the summer:

  • P. Easterling (ed), The Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy (Cambridge 1997)
  • E. Hall, Greek Tragedy: Suffering under the Sun (Oxford 2010)
  • R. Scodel, An Introduction to Greek Tragedy (Cambridge 2010)
  • N. Sorkin Rabinowitz, Greek Tragedy (Blackwell 2008)
  • D. J. Mastronarde, The Art of Euripides: Dramatic Technique and Social Context (Cambridge 2010)

On the Bacchae in particular, you may want to have a look at:

  • C. P. Segal, Dionysiac Poetics and Euripides' Bacchae (Princeton 1982; second edition 1997)

You will also benefit from reading R. Seaford, Dionysos (Routledge 2006)

A full bibliography will be given to you at the beginning of the course, but if you are already desperate for more, please get in touch!

Recommended study aids:

  • Liddell and Scott's Greek-English lexicon (the small abridged version should be sufficient).
  • D. J. Mastronarde, Introduction to Attic Greek (Berkeley, Los Angeles and London 1993).
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