CLAN3003 Greek Theatre

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Classics and Ancient History major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit focuses on the great age of Greek theatre and of the world's earliest surviving plays, the fifth century BC in Athens, which encompassed the careers of the tragedians Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, and the best work of the ribald comedian Aristophanes. It considers what can be known of the origins of drama, the organisation of the dramatic festivals, and the actual performances of these timeless plays, then goes on to study a selection of works from all the extant playwrights. The unit examines the connections between these plays and the events and the ideology, private and public, of fifth-century Athenian history.
Students are able to (1) utilise archaeological, historical and dramatic material to give an account of the historical circumstances of Greek drama; (2) present to an audience of peers analyses of plays; (3) defend and question analyses of plays in discussion with peers; (4) present an extended research essay on an aspect of the unit; (5) demonstrate in writing a thorough knowledge of the texts of select plays; and (6) present in writing analyses of plays.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial performance (including presentation); (2) an essay; and (3) a two-hour end-of-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Neil O'Sullivan
Unit rules
any Level 2 CLAN unit
CLAH2281 Classical Greek Theatre
Contact hours
lectures: 10 x 2 hours; tutorials: 8 x 1 hour
Unit Outline
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
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