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  1. Oedipus the King Introduction How do you think reading a drama differs from seeing a drama?

  2. Oedipus the King Introduction • Drama • Comedy • Tragedy • Aristotle: Poetics • 384-322 BCE • Tragic hero • Tragic flaw (hamartia) • hubris

  3. Oedipus the King Introduction What is the purpose of art? Why would someone want to see a play (a tragedy) where “bad” things happen?

  4. Oedipus the King Introduction • Aristotle continued • Pathos • Catharsis • Watching plays – tragedies in particular – serves a civic function

  5. Oedipus the King Introduction – An Ancient Theater

  6. Oedipus the King Introduction • Sophocles (496-406 BCE) • Oedipus Trilogy • Oedipus the King • Oedipus at Colonus • Antigone • Battle of Salamis (480 BCE) • Athens

  7. Oedipus the King Introduction • Greek theater began as a dance, a religious ceremony • Choros • Worship of Dionysus • A speaker added • Hypokrites • Thespis added second actor • Birth of theater • Sophocles added a third actor

  8. Oedipus the King Introduction – An Ancient Theater

  9. Oedipus the King Introduction In late 5th century, theater still a place of worship Spring festival of Dionysus Amphitheater: ~14,000 seats No “special effects” Plays based on well-known stories Masks Role of chorus

  10. Oedipus the King Introduction

  11. Oedipus the King Introduction • Parts of a Classical Greek Drama • Prologue • Parados • 1st Episode • 1stStasimon … … … … • Exodus