John E. Sawyer Seminar

Part of the Classical Traditions Initiative at Northwestern University

Theatre_After_AthensThis interdisciplinary seminar will compare how Athenian drama was received and adapted in antiquity and in the United States since 1776.

The juxtaposition of different temporal periods and geographical regions raises productive questions about the reception of Athenian drama in radically different socio-political contexts. With the participation of specialists from Classics, Theatre, English, Political Science and History, we will consider how and why adaptations and reproductions of ancient Greek plays are so often used in democracies and totalitarian states alike and what this reception history can tell us about the adaptable aesthetics and political potency of ancient Greek drama.

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