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The Modern Scholar: Greek Drama: Tragedy and Comedy | [Peter Meineck]

The Modern Scholar: Greek Drama: Tragedy and Comedy

This course will examine the social, historical, and political context of ancient Greek drama and equip listeners with a set of critical analytical tools for developing their own appreciation of this vitally important genre. The course will focus on the four extant playwrights, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes, and examine each of their plays closely.
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The plays of one ancient city 2,500 years ago by just four playwrights have had a profound effect on the development of all subsequent Western drama, not only on the theatrical stage, but on opera, film, television, stand-up comedy, and dance - in fact, most, if not all, of the live arts owe a debt to the theatre of ancient Greece and the city of Athens. This course will examine the social, historical, and political context of ancient Greek drama and equip listeners with a set of critical analytical tools for developing their own appreciation of this vitally important genre. The course will focus on the four extant playwrights, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes, and examine each of their plays closely.

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©2005 Peter Meineck; (P)2005 Recorded Books

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    entropent Wesley Chapel FL 03-03-09
    entropent Wesley Chapel FL 03-03-09 Member Since 2002
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    I could not put this audiobook aside, and have listened to much of it several times. Professor Meineck discusses the significance of Greek drama and provides a great deal of information on the historical and cultural context in which the genre developed. He helps us to imagine the staging and see the plays from the viewpoint of the original audience. After this, five lectures provide an in-depth examination of the incomparable Aeschylus, two cover Sophocles, and the final three cover Euripides and Aristophanes.
    For an example, lecture seven discusses Agamemnon. Here we are helped to imagine the sacrifice of Iphigenia, and a parallel is drawn to a perversion of the Greek wedding ceremony. Very interesting information is provided on the translation of Clytemnestra's assertion of fidelity, which is on the surface a bald-faced lie. Meineck returns to the original Greek to help us see that she has very carefully chosen her words. He discusses female power images in the beacon fires, and points out that Aeschylus has altered the myth to have Clytemnestra herself murder Agamemnon, rather than her lover. We are treated to a superb examination of Agamemnon's return, in which he is met by Clytemnestra's carefully staged welcome-trap. As she lays out a tapestry for the conquering hero to walk on, we see the murder of Iphigenia replayed. While preventing him from stepping on the soil of his homeland, she compels Agamemnon to wade through metaphorical blood, trampling the wealth of his own household, on his willing way to his own ritual sacrifice. Good stuff, as is the rest of this course. Highly recommended.

    33 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    jinx Singapore, Singapore 01-30-14
    jinx Singapore, Singapore 01-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about The Modern Scholar?

    Prof Meineck's knowledge and obvious enthusiasm about the subject.

    (Though it is strange how the feedback question here seems to be on The Modern Scholar series and not this title in particular).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Modern Scholar?

    There were two: when he was describing the Oresteia (which isn't really a moment...); and when he gave (periodically) different translations of the same Greek text and examined the etymology of words.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Guess it would be the Clytemnestra-Orestes scene, with all its complexities and nuances.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I wouldn't make a film of this lecture.


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  • Olga
    Pinner, Middlesex, United Kingdom
    5/18/09
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    "Awesome"

    Although it's about 8 hours long, I've listened to this series of lectures many times. They are not only informative but told with such passion, insight and sensitivity that I got hooked from the start. I'm so happy I discovered the 'Modern Scholar' series, I'm sure I'll come back for more!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rogayah
    Reading, United Kingdom
    9/3/09
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    "Its all Greek!"

    This is wonderful as an introduction to Greek drama and the lively lectures do not allow the mind to wander except perhaps to seach for that odd book of Greek plays.

    Brilliantly delivered lectures makes the whole incomplete tangle of Greek playwrights, plays and their preoccupations come to life.

    Decidedly, if you have even the smallest interest in the subject, this will illuminate the fascinating subject of Greek drama, an important foundation stone of modern plays

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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