Classics 254/354. The Drama of Fifth-Century Athens
The explosion of political and intellectual energy in Athens in the fifth century and its repercussions, focusing on Greek historical texts (Herodotus and Thucydides) and Greek drama (text, theatre, performance, interpretation). Topics will include the evolution of the Athenian Empire after the Persian War; the interrelationships of politics, religion and the arts; the diverse forms of comedy and tragedy; and the dissolution of Athenian power after the Peloponnesian War. Classics 254 forms a connection with Thea 351.