Different but Similar Both Homers’ epic, the Odyssey, and Aeschylus’ tragic trilogy, the Oresteia, tell the story of Agamemnon and what led to his doomed death. Both the poem and the play are similar in their plots except for few differences in their significance, presentation and details. This shows how flexible ancient myth is and how it can adapt to suit a particular author and audience. Agamemnons’ death in the Odyssey is a very good example of how people can be, through their own foolishness, bring destruction upon themselves. It also serves as an example of an epic hero failing to return home, which is known as nostos, thus for Odysseus, the epic hero, it delivers a foil for the successful voyage back to his home, Ithaca.
Greek theatre is a place where the people can watch tragedies, comedy and satyr plays during the ancient Greek period. According to CartWright, the oldest theatre in the world is Dionysos Eleuthereus which located at the south slope of the Acropolis of the Athen. It was built in the 6th century of BCE. There are some features of the Greek theater which are Orchestra, Skene, theatron and parados and there are some ancient Greek dramas that have been play here such as tragedies, comedy and satyr. Orchestra is the main characteristic of classical Greek theatre.
How and to what effect does Euripides use minor characters to move the plot forward and to reflect the cultural values of the time? Medea is a Greek tragic drama written by the playwright Euripides in the 5th century BC. The story is based upon the myth of Jason and Medea, who became acquaintances in Colchis where Jason had sought to take the Golden Fleece. After Jason’s success, largely due to Medea’s magic help, the two fled to Colchis where they were married and had two sons. Medea, however, starts tragically, at the scene of Jason’s crime, where Jason has broken his oath of loyalty to Medea and has left her for the princess of Corinth.
Sophocles, the renowned ancient Greek playwright, wrote three plays about the house of Thebes: King Oedipus (also called Oedipus Rex and Oedipus Tyrannus), Antigone, and Oedipus at Colonus. The three plays, while commonly considered a trilogy, are in fact three separate plays, written at almost twenty to thirty year intervals, which concern themselves with the same theme and lineage. With Aeschylus and Euripides, his older and younger contemporaries, Sophocles formed a triad of the greatest dramatists of ancient Greece. The western civilisation has often been described as “the heir of the Greeks and the Romans.” The works of Sophocles have had a profound influence on the development of literature in the western world. King Oedipus holds a particularly high place of honour in the dramatic history of the western world – it was proposed as the perfect tragedy by Aristotle in his Poetics.
Although Owen only published five books in his lifetime, in 1919 seven more of his poems appeared in the Edith Sitwell annual anthology edited by Siegfried Sassoon. Siegfried Sassoon was born on September 8, 1886 and died on September 1, 1967. In 1917, Sassoon was hospitalized, while he was recovering he wrote the War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon with 64 war poems included. He is remembered from his World War One angry and compassionate poems (poetryfoundation.org). He was interested in poetry and fox hunting.
Studying plays as Oedipus Rex and Hamlet is a vital part of studying literature since they are timeless works that teach many lessons. Moreover, they still have some concepts to be unmasked by critics of literature. According to Aristotle tragedy is ''a form of drama based on human misery that arouses in its audience feelings of pity and fear'' and each tragedy must have a tragic hero. Tragedy began in the ancient Greek theatre where tragedies were performed in late March to early April at an annual religious festival in honour of Dionysus. () One of the most famous tragedies in that period is Oedipus Rex which was written by Sophocles.
For instance, in the second half of nineteenth century, the number of Jews had reached a hundred-thousand (over seven thousand families). At that time, Morocco’s general population was close to five million. In the last decades, many anthropologists and historians have tried to unravel the mystery surrounding the origin of the word. Mellah derives from the Arabic Melh (salt) and the most common interpretation is that the first Mellah, which was founded in Fes in 1438 under the reign of Almohades dynasty and was considered the largest Jewish neighborhood in Morocco, was built on a site called Al Mellah which means “saline ground”. The other explanation says that Moroccan Jews were forced to put salt on the heads of decapitated rebels in order to conserve
For instance, the first Bengali play to be staged (27 Nov, 1795) was an adaptation of a musical farce- “The disguise” by Jordrell; and the Hindoo Theatre established by Prosannakumar Tagore on 21 December 1831 staged portions of Julius Caesar. Owing to the lack of a firm dramatic tradition nourished on actual performance in a live theatre, early Indian English drama in Bengal; as elsewhere in India, grew sporadically as mostly closet drama; and even later, only Sri Aurbindo, Rabindranath Tagore and Harindranath Chattopadhyaya produced a substantial corpus of dramatic
He began a business as a merchant shipper, but it was when this fell through that Plautus worked as a miller’s laborer and he studied Greek drama in his free time. He gained much success from being an adaptor of Greek comedies for the Romans from the age of forty and on. However, his works seemed to be more original than pure translations. According to Cicero he died in 184 B.C. after being granted Roman citizenship.
Chapter 2 – Literature Review 2.1 Theatre In defining the word ‘theatre’, one can take a look at its interchangeable synonym ‘drama’. “Etymologically, the word ‘drama’ comes from a Greek noun [which originally means] an action and then a play for the stage” (Balme). Theatre is also defined to be “a highly collaborative endeavour and that it takes the form of drama, comedy or musical theatre” (Akashoro, Kayode, & Husseini, 2010). As Shakespeare once put it “’theatre is a mirror for highlighting man’s humanity’” and can be used to connect people from different walks of life (Akashoro, Kayode, & Husseini, 2010). For the sake of the paper, we will use the following definition: “An art concerned exclusively with live performances of actions planned