Aristotle

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. Meter is the rhythm of the speech and the song. The more you get into it, the more you feel how the meters are in touch with the… Read more

Book Club | January 2020: Aristotle Poetics

"Let us here deal with Poetry, its essence and its several species, with the characteristic function of each species and the way in which plots must be constructed if the poem is to be a success; and also with the number and character of the constituent parts of a poem, and similarly with all other matters proper to this same inquiry." For our first Book Club of 2020 we will… Read more

Book Club | October 2019: Greek and Roman Actors

For October's Book Club, we will be reading selections from Greek and Roman Actors: Aspects of an Ancient Profession, edited by Pat Easterling and Edith Hall, which will provide the opportunity to read different perspectives about various aspects of theatrical performance in ancient Greece. Community discussion starts in the forum, and we will meet online on Tuesday October 29. Read more