Greek Tragedy: The Calamity of Being Human


Course Description

Greek tragedy marks the birth of drama and of staged plays. As a genre, it also sets one of the great artistic benchmarks for the depiction of utmost despair. Why did despair and desolation so fascinate the Greeks? How did the Greeks of the sixth and fifth centuries BCE come to enact these feelings publicly on the stage? Death, gods, war, fate, curses—how did watching these forces play out on the stage help viewers to cope with the miseries and calamities of life? How can we relate today to tragic characters written 2,500 years ago?

In this course, we will read some of the greatest plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides: Agamemnon, Oedipus Rex, The Trojan Women, and many others. We will explore both the concepts and the emotional responses evoked by these works.

Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Wednesday, September 18th 2019

Course Length: 12 weeks, Wednesdays, 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Discussion Team: Paul Billette, Nusia Matura, Christian Roy

Course Fees: 

$150.00 (tuition fee)

$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (tuition fee)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)



Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.

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