Ancient Greece Mar 29 Exam 3

Ancient Greece Mar 29 Exam 3 - Ancient Greece EURIPIDES...

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Ancient Greece Mar 28 Exam 3 EURIPIDES Life Iconoclastic o Goes against tradition of Greek culture 1. Dates o 480 BC = birth o 406 BC – death Dies in Macedonia (not Athens) Why leave Athens? He felt unloved and unappreciated by Athenian audiences o From Salamis (not Athens itself) o From a wealthy family 2. Contributions to Tragedy o 1. Tends to have strong female characters Almost all female characters are strong-willed o 2. Slave characters seem to be intelligent, crafty, and major characters Only difference from main characters: they aren’t free o 3. Satirizes great Greek heroes Ex: Jason Portrays Heracleus as a drunkard Satirizes the gods as well Ex: the Hippolytus o Euripides relates everything that happens on stage to the selfishness of Aphrodite o 4. Selfishness of the goddess Aphrodite Far more concerned with psychology of characters Psychologist
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o 5. Kind of intellectual, iconic Takes the norm of Greek culture and transforms it He’s much too modern for his time Not particularly popular with Athenian audiences Wins 4 – 1 st prizes while he’s alive o Medea comes in 3 rd in 431(date) Most popular in 4 th C, not 5 th C Ancient version of Van Gogh He is more popular after death than alive Influences Roman tragedy and French drama Modern plays tend to be more about psychological state of character o They get this from Euripides Sophocles portrayed men as they ought to be; Euripides portrayed men as they were Action of plays is controlled by emotions Noteworthy Works 1. Bacchae o Performed in 405 after death o Wins 1 st prize o About: Dionysus is born to a princess of Thebes. Her family rejects her and the baby; Dionysus comes back and punishes them later. The bacchae (women of Dionysus) rip the king to pieces 2. Hippolytus o Actually wins 1 st prize o 428 BC
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