Comp Lit 05.19.09 - Comparative Literature 05/19/09 The...

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Comparative Literature 05/19/09 The Euminedes 1. Relation between Tragedy and Civic (Athens) Ideology a. Stress on political dimension i. Connecting drama to political reality of Athens ii. Earlier approach: read the plays in a more philosophical way (search for general truth that would still be applicable today) iii. Because the plays political relevant at time of performance they can still be relevant today… iv. Heathe criticizes Simon Goldhill 1. Goldhill- -emphasizes political dimension of performances b. The plays stage myth i. Contrast to bourgeois and later theater that had to do with happy family, love, slaves that escape 1. They don’t have broad dimension of myth ii. Mythical element as part of broader element c. Plays usually don’t take place in Athens i. Euminedes is an exception 1. Extreme: reference to Athenian institution: the Areopagos ii. However language often makes allusions that make the play relevant to Athenian audience 1. Such as Medea--takes place in Corinth; intervention of Aegius from Athens iii. Connections are made to Athenian divinities 2. Context for performance a. Part of the Dioynisia--spring festivals b. Organization of the Festival i. Eponymous archon 1. Organized by leading state official called the eponymous archon a. Eponymous means he would give his name to the year 2. Role: choose three tragedians who were given chance to compete 3. Appointed the choregoi --wealthy Athenian citizens who were responsible with expenses of training and cost of performance a. a sort of taxation b. Occasion for citizens to gain prominence and prestige (names mentioned). c. If particular play won, the chorus won along with the choregos. ii. Chorus 1. Made of Athenian males that were drafted 2. A civic duty, part of being Athenian citizen c. Festival preceded by ceremonies i. Stressed the connection of the event to the city of Athens d. Generals i. Ten generals, one from each tribe would pour libations e. After 470s, the tribute that was brought by the allies was displays on the occasion of these pre-play events. f.
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2009 for the course COMP LIT 211-0 taught by Professor Hopman during the Spring '09 term at Northwestern.

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Comp Lit 05.19.09 - Comparative Literature 05/19/09 The...

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