The Structure of Greek Tragedy: An Overview

There are different terms for different parts of a Greek drama, some of which modern scholars took from Aristotle and other ancient drama critics. The typical structure of an Ancient Greek tragedy is a series of alternating dialogue and choral lyric sections. (There are exceptions, and technical divisions naturally do not explain intellectual and emotional “soft power” aspects of a great Greek tragedy.) The dialogue sections are in typically speechverse,… Read more

Open House | Wives of Returning Veterans in Classical Athenian Drama, with Erika Weiberg

We were excited to welcome Erika Weiberg of Florida State University for an Open House. The title of the discussion is “Wives of Returning Veterans in Classical Athenian Drama”. The discussion took place on March 19 at 11:00 a.m. EDT; it was live-streamed and recorded. In preparation, you might like to read the PDF handout: Weiberg Kosmos Society Handout You can view the event on our YouTube channel. or in… Read more

Book Club | May 2019: Seneca Oedipus

The Book Club selection for May is a drama: Seneca the Younger’s Oedipus. The discussion will start and continue in the forum, with a live conversation on Tuesday May 28th at 11 a.m. EDT. There will also be a community reading on Tuesday May 21st at 11 a.m. EDT; estimated duration 2–3 hours. We are familiar with the treatment of the myth by Sophocles from The Ancient Greek Hero in… Read more

Introducing Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes

A “heroized” edition of Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes We are pleased to share a revised translation of Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes that tracks Core Vocab words in the same way as the Sourcebook of Primary Texts in Translation used in HeroesX.[1] This was the result of a community-driven collaborative “heroization” project. The group revised a translation to indicate each and every occurrence of a Heroes core vocabulary term and to… Read more

Open House | The Power of Performance: Mythology and Outreach Today, with Paul O’Mahony

We were pleased to welcome actor, writer, and educator Paul O’Mahony for an Open House discussion on ‘The Power of Performance: Mythology and Outreach Today’. He introduces the topic as follows: I would like to talk about our reception of classical texts and our approaches to performance—finding new and exciting ways to re-imagine them. I will use my own experience both creating and watching various shows (both tragic and comic).… Read more