Ancient Greek Tragedy and Oedipus: Digging for Treasure: Multi-media Mini-Research Adventure
Solve the riddle of the sphinx: • “What walks on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon and three at night?”
Introduction to Greek Drama: • https://ctrc.itmat.upenn.edu/~svitale/theatre.mp4 The Theater of Epidaurus
Origins of Greek drama This section examines the purposes of Ancient Greek drama. • Describe what the Ancient Greek city-states were. • Describe why Athens was important as a center of arts and politics. • Evaluate the original religious role of the plays.
Staging the performance This section focuses on how the performances were staged. • Describe the parts of the theater and stage itself. • Explain the use of scenery, costumes and props, including the famous masks. • Evaluate the role of the Chorus and how it changed over time.
Aristotle’s definition of tragedy This section evaluates Aristotle’s view of tragedy. • Describe each part of the structure in a tragedy. • List the characteristics of the tragic hero. • Explain the ideas of catharsis, hamartia and hubris.
Oedipus: • This section will identify and describe the basic elements of the story. • Briefly describe the main characters/performers: Chorus, Oedipus, Tiersias, Jocasta, Creon, the Priest, and the Shepherd. • Explain how fate and hamartia are important in the play.
Bibliography: Works Cited • Document all your resources for the assignment. • Use at least two resources. • At least one source should be a data base. • No unapproved sources may be used. Do not use Google, Wikipedia, etc.
APPROVED SOURCES: Athens: • http://www.arwhead.com/Greeks/ • http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/ancient_greeks/athens/ • http://www.ushistory.org/civ/5a.asp Origins of Greek Theater and the Performance: • http://www.richeast.org/htwm/Greeks/theatre/actors.html • http://www.pbs.org/empires/thegreeks/background/24a_p1.html • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQOPFxuiaWQ • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WlQnEHI_ws • http://www2.cnr.edu/home/bmcmanus/tragedy_theater.html • http://www.didaskalia.net/studyarea/greekstagecraft.html Tragedy plays and Aristotle’s definition of tragedy: • http://academic.reed.edu/humanities/110tech/theater.html • http://www.library.cornell.edu/okuref/grtragedy.html • http://www2.cnr.edu/home/bmcmanus/poetics.html • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n7I9aFmAcE Oedipus: • http://english.unlv.edu/world-literature/Oedipus/OedipusLecture.html • Gale Literature Resource Center (library database): Oedipus Rex, Drama for Students