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The History of Ancient Greece

Aug 15, 2017

In this episode, we discuss the life, innovations, and works of the third great Athenian playwright, Euripides; and we discuss the historicity and some of the major themes of his earliest surviving plays--Cyclops, Rhesus, Alcestis, Medea, and Hippolytus

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Aug 7, 2017

In this episode, we discuss the life, innovations, and works of the second great Athenian playwright, Sophocles; and we discuss the historicity and some of the major themes of his surviving plays—Antigone, Ajax, Oedipus Rex, The Women of Trachis, Philoctetes, Electra, and Oedipus at Colonus

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Jul 24, 2017

In this episode, we discuss what is known about the lives and works of the earliest tragic poets that set the stage for the first great Athenian playwright, Aeschylus, to make all sorts of theatrical innovations at the onset of the Classical Period; and we discuss the historicity and some of the major themes of his seven...


Jul 10, 2017

In this episode, we discuss the origins of drama; the Dionysia festival (both Rural and City); the physical space of the theater; and the components of tragedy and comedy

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Jul 3, 2017

In this episode, we discuss the ancient Greek diet; the economic, religious, and medicinal role of wine; the festival of Anthesteria; and the symposium

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