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Fine Arts--Theatre


What is Theatre
Festivals and Origins
Elements of Classical Tragedy
Renaissance Theatre in England
Elements of Revenge Tragedy
Elizabethan and Shakespearean Acting
French Neoclassicism
French Neoclassicism II
French Theatre--16th and 17th C.
The Nineteenth Century--World Views
The Nineteenth Century--Production Changes
Nineteenth Century--The Well-made Play
Theatre of the Absurd
Absurdism as Philosophy
Existentialism--Search for Meaning
Naturalism--Emile Zola
Realism--Henrik Ibsen
Contemporary Drama: Black Theatre


         Sophocles was the creator of  the memorable, suffering heroic characters ‑ Oedipus, Ajax, Philoctetes, Electra. 

He abandoned the trilogy, always presented three separate plays.  Suffering ‑ stergein ‑ pervades his plays, making his heroes/heroines somewhat godlike.

His family was wealthy and civic minded; he participated in civic leadership of Athens and was elected to the board of naval strategy. He was the favorite playwright of his own time, winning 18 first prizes and  more second place prizes at the Great Dionysia.

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