PERF06106 2019 Greek Theatre

General Details

Full Title
Greek Theatre
Transcript Title
Greek Theatre
N/A %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Rhona Trench, Una Mannion
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERA_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting) SG_APERT_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Design)

This module introduces learners to  Greek theatre. Works from the three major Athenian Playwrights - Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides - will be studied in terms of their social, cultural and political contexts.  Lectures will introduce elements of tragedy, myth, and legend and how these are manipulated by the playwrights in some of the following works: Iphigenia at Aulis, the Oresteia, Medea, The Trojan Women, Antigone, Electra, The Bacchae. Tutorial discussions and work will focus on how these texts have spoken to audiences at different historical moments and the cultural function they perform.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Understand and discuss the form and structure of Greek tragedy and the conventions of ancient theatre


Analyse, evaluate and compare the tragic visions of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides


Research and structure critical analysis of Greek tragedy


Explain significance of the social, cultural and political context of performance in ancient Greek theatre


Participate in seminar discussions/activities, contributing to peer learning environment


Creatively interpret and adapt Greek tragic materials through a range of media such as designed object, devised piece and/or multimedia show, demonstrating ability to adapt, recontextualise or reinvigorate interpretation

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment strategies include performance evalution in terms of contribution, analysis of texts and cultural context(s) through creative projects, critical analysis & research in individual essay and a final exam

Indicative Syllabus

1. Introduction to Greek Tragedy

  • 5th centruy Athens and historical context
  • The festival Dionysia
  • The sociology of Athenian tragedy
  • Performing the Other

2. Myth and the Trojan War Cycle

  • Myth and the shaping of tragic plots
  • Myth and intertextuality
  • Trojan War materials in Athenian theatre

3. Greek Tragedy: Form and Conventions

  • parados, episodes, stasima, exodus
  • chorus
  • masks
  • dance

4. Aeschylus

  • The Oresteia
  • Justice
  • Epic materials
  • Imagery and structure

5. Sophocles

  • Antigone/ Electra/ Prometheus
  • Sophocles' tragic vision
  • fate and human choice or freedom


  • Medea, The Bacchae, Iphigenia at Aulis
  • greek tragedy and pscychological complexity
  • the other
  • social critique or reinforcement of dominant ideologies?


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Project Creative interpretations Coursework Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5,6
2 Essay researched and documented crticial analysis Coursework Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5
3 Performance Evaluation contribution to seminars and peer learning Coursework Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Open Book Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 30 % End of Term 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture/seminar 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom Student directed learning. practical 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

    Csapo, E. and W. Slater.The Context of Ancient Drama (1995)

    Easterling, P.E., ed. The Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy (1997)

    Foley, H. Female Acts in Greek Tragedy (2001)

    Goldhill, S. Reading Greek Tragedy (1986)

    Gregory, J. ed., A Companion to Greek Tragedy (2006)

    Henderson, J. "Women and the Athenian Dramatic Festivals" TAPA 121 (1991) 133-47

    Silk, M., ed. Tragedy and the Tragic (1996)

    Wiles, D. Tragedy in Athens (1997)

    Winkler, J. and F. Zeitlin, eds. Nothing to do with Dionysos? (1990)

    Zeitlin, F, Playing the Other (1996)

Other Resources