Classical Studies 2200 Lecture 16: Classics Lecture 16 - Jan 31

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Tragedy and the athenian democracy: all parts are played by males: typically in small villages all characters + audience would be familiar with one another, tragedies have a problematization of democratic rule. Oikos: family, household: aristocratic rule has little tension: the family is a political unit. Oresteia: a familiar story: the audience of athenian tragedy knew, from the odyssey and elsewhere, the story of. Agamemnon"s homecoming: in athenian tragedy, familiar myths are enacted on the stage. The interest lay in how the playwright chose to interpret the story, or to find new meaning in it. No radical changes to the plot, want the audience to recognize the plots. Irony is huge: characters do not have omniscients as the audience does. Tuesday, january 31, 2017: some changes could be introduced, but the basic plot was fixed, this contributes to a sense of inevitable fate.

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