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Overview of Ancient Greek and Roman Literature Chapter Summary
From the earliest surviving epic poem to one of the first examples of powerful female characters in Western literature, this chapter offers a glimpse into the beauty that was ancient Greek and Roman literature. These lessons provide an exciting view of the culture and history of our ancestors, and you have access to this material through engaging lessons. Poems in this chapter include:
- Dionysiaca, the earliest surviving epic poem
- The Titanomachy, an epic battle between the Titans and Olympians
- Pharsalia, civil war comes to Julius Ceasar
- Georgics, a plea for a return to an agricultural economy
- Thebaid, continuing strife between Argos and Thebes
- Lysistrata, women uniting to force an end to the Peloponnesian war.
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1. Lysistrata: Summary & Analysis
Plays and other works of art featuring strong female characters are not a product of twentieth-century feminism. Female characters were prevalent in Greek plays like that of Lysistrata. This lesson will summarize and analyze this play.
2. Lysistrata: Feminism & Other Themes
This lesson focuses on Aristophanes' comedy play, Lysistrata. It analyzes the main theme of the play, feminism, as well as other themes like sex and war.
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