Lesson 1 (from Electra, pages 9-23)
Introduction to Euripides and Greek Tragedy:
As an introduction to the study of Electra, The Phoenician Women and The Bacchae, today's class will examine the playwright, Euripides. Euripides (480BC-406BC) was one of three prominent Greek tragedians. Between 18 and 19 of his plays remain today in completion. Today's class will examine the overview of Euripides' biography and the style of Greek tragedy and prepare presentations for the class.
1) Class Discussion: Introduce the students to the plays and the author. Euripides (480BC-406BC) was one of three prominent Greek tragedians. Between 18 and 19 of his plays remain today in completion. One of the stylistic components which sets Euripides apart is his strong female leads, which we will encounter in the three plays in the book. The playwright also focused on the inner emotions of his characters more than other playwrights of ancient Greece. Some of the major elements...
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