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Unformatted text preview: 2. Thespis - Father of Drama ~530 B.C. 3. Split of Tragedy & Comedy 4. Old Comedy - buffoonish side, satyrs, crude, fantastic a. Aristophanes 445-386 only surviving author - very political 5. New Comedy - tamed, polite, Cosby Show , not Animal House a. Menander, 325-290 B.C. Influenced Roman Comedy, Shakespeare 6. Tragedy - "Dark Side" of Dionysus a. Aeschylus 527-457 earliest surviving author. Hubris/nemesis. Almost incomprehensible at points, but also powerful poetry.Oresteia b. Sophocles 496-406 B.C. - chosen as exemplar of traditional Greek beliefs before the "Intellectual Revolution" of 5 th Cent. Noble family, devout, exponent of "the Golden Mean". Defended traditional religion against humanistic, rationalistic attacks. c. Euripides 480-406 B.C. rationalist, skeptical of conventional religion, stressed power of human emotions, challenged Greek conventions and Athenian complacency Medea , Trojan Women , Bacchae...
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