Greek Playwrights

  • Antigone

     It was not Zeus who published this decree,

    Nor have the Powers who rule among the dead

    Imposed such laws as this upon mankind;

    Nor could I think that a decree of yours--

    A man--could override the laws of Heaven

    Unwritten and unchanging. Not of today

    Or yesterday is their authority;

    They are eternal; no man saw their birth.

    Was I to stand before the gods' tribunal

    For disobeying them, because I feared

    A man? I knew that I should have to die,

    Even without your edict; if I die,

    Before my time, why then, I count it gain;

    To one who lives as I do, ringed about

    With countless miseries, why, death is welcome.

    For me to meet this doom is little grief;

    But when my mother's son lay dead, had I

    Neglected him and left him there unburied,

    That would have caused me grief; this causes none.

    And if you think it folly, then perhaps

    I am accused of folly by a fool.

    ~ Antigone, to Creon, King of Thebes in
    "Antigone" by Sophocles, translated by H.D.F. Kitto, lines 450-470


    Course Plan Week 16 of St. Thomas Aquinas Academy's GREEK LITERATURE II (GL2-B) and Course Plan Week 07 of GREEK PLAYWRIGHTS (GPW-B)




    Course Registration No. FA -726


    Designed as part of Greek Studies II, B Track.
    18-week course plan: An introduction to Greek drama starting with Aeschylus' Agamemnonand Prometheus Bound, Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Antigone, Euripides' Medeaand Hippolytus.  Selections from Plato and Aristotle give context to the final plays of the semester, Aristophanes' comedies The Clouds and The Frogs.  This is a one-semester course intended to be studied concurrently with Greek Literature II for Fine Arts credits.  Prior completion of Greek Literature I is required.




    Aeschylus: Oresteia (Oxford World's Classics)

    • Author: Aeschylus
    • Publisher/Copyright: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print.
    • Translator: Christopher Collard
    • ISBN: 019953781X        978-0199537815
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    Aeschylus II: The Suppliant Maidens, The Persians, Seven against Thebes, and Prometheus Bound

    • Author: Aeschylus
    • Publisher/Copyright: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991. Print.
    • Translator: Seth G. Benardete, David Grene
    • ISBN: 0226307948        978-0226307947
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    Sophocles: Antigone, Oedipus the King, Electra (Oxford World's Classics)

    • Author: Sophocles
    • Publisher/Copyright: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. Print.
    • Translator: H.D.F. Kitto
    • ISBN: 0199537178        978-0199537174
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    192 pages


    Euripides: Medea, Hippolytus, Heracles, Bacchae (Focus Classical Library)

    • Author: Euripides
    • Publisher/Copyright: Newburyport, MA: Focus Publishing, R. Pullins & Company, Inc., 2004. Print.
    • Translator: Stephen Esposito, A.J. Podlecki, Michael R. Halleran
    • ISBN: 158510048X        978-1585100484
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    304 pages.


    Aristophanes: Four Plays by Aristophanes: The Birds; The Clouds; The Frogs; Lysistrata

    • Author: Aristophanes
    • Publisher/Copyright: : Plume, 1994. .
    • Translator: William Arrowsmith, Richmond Lattimore, and Douglass Parker
    • ISBN: 0452007178        978-0452007178
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    624 pages; Plume (November 1, 1984) May 1994 edition. 1st Meridian Printing


    Great Dialogues of Plato

    • Author: Plato
    • Publisher/Copyright: New York, NY: Signet Classics, 2008. Print.
    • Translator: W.H.D. Rouse
    • ISBN: 0451530853        978-0451530851
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    656 pages; Complete texts of "The Republic", "The Apology", "Crito", "Phaedo", "Ion", "Meno", and "Symposium".



    Philosophy 101 by Socrates: An Introduction to Philosophy Via Plato's Apology

    • Author: Peter Kreeft
    • Publisher/Copyright: San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2002. Print.
    • ISBN: 0898709253        978-0898709254
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    100 Pages


    Teaching the Classics DVD and Workbook

    • Author: Adam Andrews and Missy Andrews
    • Publisher/Copyright: : The Center for Literary Education, 2017. Print and DVD.
    • ISBN: 0988898993        978-0988898998
    • Supplier: Rainbow Resource



    STAA Study Guide: Greek Studies II, B Track (Logic • Old Testament IIB • Greek History IIB • Greek Literature IIB • Greek Playwrights B)

    • Author: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
    • Publisher/Copyright: Reno: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, 2020. Print.
    • ISBN: n/a        
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    Detailed weekly plans, assignment details, and grading support for the high school courses can be found in the STAA Study Guides. Each high school student will need three study guides: one for each semester of the academic year and a science course plan booklet. Direct links for ordering the study guides will be emailed to you after you submit the Course Registration forms.