CCIV 110 WOMEN IN ANCIENT GREECE
ILLUSTRATIONS AND STUDY QUESTIONS
This course is a discussion seminar. Thus, the reading assignments for the course are relatively modest. Students are expected to spend a significant proportion of their class preparation time reviewing the assigned reading, thinking about it, checking out the material on the Web Sites for the assigned day, and pondering issues raised by the reading and the background material. The following illustrations and questions are designed to help you get started. Illustrations: Most of the illustrations present a slightly different version of the myth or story than the one that you will have encountered in the reading, and they are intended to help you think "beyond the text": What happened that we aren't told about? What are some of the questions left open by the reading? What kinds of things would you like to know that the text doesn't tell you? Study Questions: The questions, like the illustrations, are to help you get started. They raise a few of the issues that we will want to discuss in class, but are not intended to limit your thinking. Unlike the illustrations, the study questions are tied closely to the assigned texts. They are designed to help you think "inside the text" about issues that need analysis, explanation, or expansion; as you reflect on them, try to come up with ideas of your own about issues you would like to bring up in class for discussion.
Link here to seven representations of Electra at the tomb of Agamemnon. Which of them, if any, best captures Electra at the opening of the Libation Bearers, in your view? Which, if any, best captures Electra at the opening of Sophocles' Electra, in your view?
Link here to three representations of the death of Aegisthus. Compare these with the Boston Vase showing the death of Aegisthus. Which of the four representations, if any, best captures the scene as depicted in the Libation Bearers, Sophocles' Electra, Euripides' Electra? What are the principal differences in the three dramatists' conceptions and depictions of the scene?
Last Revised April 16, 2000