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Donald McDonough, Euripides’ Trojan War

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | advance registration required

Euripides' tragic plays competed directly with Homer's epic Iliad to challenge his Athenians. Twenty-four hundred years later, they still shock. His Agamemnon dithers about killing his daughter, and his Odysseus is odious. The playwright gives Iphigenia and Helen two happy endings as a comedic catharsis without protagonists maimed or dead, exploding our received idea of tragedy. In his Iphigenia in Aulis, ships leave Greece to rescue Helen; but in his Helen she never gets to Troy. Euripides plays serious games while earning Aristotle's judgement as “the most tragic of poets.”

Donald McDonough is a professor emeritus at Connecticut State University.

This seminar takes place over four Thursdays:
September 26
October 24
November 21
December 12

all at 11:00 AM in the Whitridge Room.

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