The Life and Works of Sophocles

Sophocles was the great Greek playwright of over 120 plays, seven of which are surviving today. What was the great Greek playwright Sophocles’ childhood like? Did he always have fame, fortune, and talent? Or did he grow up in a slum much like many talents today? We can look at many aspects of his life … Read moreThe Life and Works of Sophocles

Roman Comedy Elaborated in the Works of Plautus and Terence

Roman Comedy borrowed heavily from its Greek counterpart, however, the Roman Comedians made substantial changes and created a poper Roman style of Comedy. The two Roman playwrights who best illustrate the New Comedy that had developed somewhat at an earlier period in Greece (336-250) are Plautus and Terence. Although there are no surviving Greek originals … Read moreRoman Comedy Elaborated in the Works of Plautus and Terence

A Bluffer’s Guide To Ancient Greek Tragedy

An introduction to some of the key ideas about one of the world’s most powerful and strange body of plays. Some of the richest and earliest literary works to be handed down to us are the tragedies of Ancient Greece. Written in the 6th and 5th centuries BC by playwrights such as Aeschylus, Phrynichus, Sophocles … Read moreA Bluffer’s Guide To Ancient Greek Tragedy

The Role of Women in Sophocles’ Antigone

Antigone is a tragic play written in the fifth century BC by the great Greek poet Sophocles. The title character is the daughter of Oedipus and his wife Jocasta, who was also his mother. This unwitting incest brought great tragedy on Oedipus, and the curse extended to his children, who are the subject of the … Read moreThe Role of Women in Sophocles’ Antigone