About This Chapter
Who's It For?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering ancient Greek literature material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the literature of ancient Greece. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
- Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
- Students who have fallen behind in memorizing events and people associated with the literature of ancient Greece
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning ancient Greek history (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam
How It Works:
- Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
- Complete your review with the Ancient Greek Literature chapter exam.
Why It Works:
- Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Ancient Greek Literature chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any ancient Greek history question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students Will Review:
This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the literature of ancient Greece for a standard ancient Greek history course. Topics covered include:
- History of the alphabet up to Greek writing
- The Iliad and Odyssey
- Greek tragedy and comedy in theatre
1. History of the Alphabet: From Cuneiform to Greek Writing
This lecture follows the development of writing, from the pictographs of proto-cuneiform to the symbolic phonemes of cuneiform and hieroglyphics. Then from the abjads of the Phoenecians, Minoans, Hebrews and Arabs to the complete alphabets of the Greeks. It explores the limitations and strengths of each development and draws modern parallels.
2. The Iliad: Greek Epic
This lecture traces the history of Greek epics. It then examines the central themes of 'The Iliad': Xenia, Achilles' wrath, and his quest for immortality. The plot of 'The Iliad' is summarized and attention is drawn to themes from the Sumerian tradition.
3. The Odyssey: Greek Epic
This lecture provides a rough outline of the exploits of Odysseus in Homer's epic poem ''The Odyssey''. You'll learn plot details about this epic poem, in addition to hearing about how this important tale relates to Greek culture and literary works throughout history.
4. Greek Theatre: Tragedy and Comedy
This lecture examines the function of theatre in Greek culture and religion, with special focus on the Athenians. It then explores the three different sorts of Greek theatre: satyr plays, comedy and tragedy, citing specific examples. Finally, we study the impact of theatre on Western civilization.
5. Persepolis: Book Summary, Themes & Analysis
Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel 'Persepolis' gives a visual account of a young woman coming of age in Iran. In this lesson, we'll go over the plot, characters, and major themes.
6. Alcestis by Euripides: Summary, Themes & Characters
Euripides' 'Alcestis' presents the ultimate sacrifice, and in so doing, describes what true love is. The play also gives a sense of how fragile life is, and why every day should be seen as a gift rather than a curse or burden.
7. Cyclops by Euripides: Summary, Themes & Analysis
Have you ever seen a one-eyed monster? What if you were stuck on an island full of them? Read on to learn about the play, 'Cyclops' by Euripides, and analyze the theme.
8. Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides: Summary, Characters & Quotes
Agamemnon is placed in a difficult position in Euripides' play 'Iphigenia in Aulis'. He must choose between his daughter or his honor before the Greek army. Artemis demands he sacrifice his daughter Iphigenia, or the wind will not blow and the Greek army will not find glory in Troy.
9. Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides: Analysis & Themes
Euripides presents several themes in his play ''Iphigenia in Aulis.'' Two of the more prevalent themes are war and family. To a lesser extent, he explores the theme of heroism. Hidden beneath these, Euripides also presents the theme of gender.
10. The Frogs by Aristophanes: Summary, Themes & Analysis
In this lesson, we will summarize, analyze, and discuss the themes from 'The Frogs,' which is a comedic Greek play written by Aristophanes in 405 B.C.
11. The Acharnians by Aristophanes: Summary & Characters
In the play 'The Acharnians,' Aristophanes makes a plea for an end to the Peloponnesian war. The main character, Dikaiopolis, makes a separate peace treaty with Sparta and suffers some backlash. His difficulties turn to revelry, and contrasts against the backdrop of the casualties of war.
12. The Acharnians by Aristophanes: Analysis & Quotes
In this lesson, we will analyze the Greek comedy 'The Acharnians' by Aristophanes and examine some of the quotes. This play was first published in 425 B.C. as a means of speaking out against war.
13. Xenophon of Athens: Biography, Anabasis & Facts
In this lesson, we will see the life and work of the Greek historian Xenophon. He was a man of action who participated in the political conflicts of his time and left us many important works, especially Anabasis, a work that we will analyze in detail.
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Other chapters within the Ancient Greece Study Guide course
- Introduction to Ancient Greece
- Aegean Civilizations
- The Greek Dark Ages
- The Golden Age of Greece
- The Archaic Period in Greece
- Greek Classical Period
- The Hellenistic Period
- Ancient Greek Philosophy
- Art & Architecture of Ancient Greece
- Mythology in Ancient Greece
- Muses, Creatures & Winds in Greek Mythology
- The Greek Titans