About This Chapter
Who's It For?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Greek tragedy material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about Greek tragedies. 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 Greek tragedies
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning mythology (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 Mythology Study Guide: Greek Tragedy 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 Mythology Study Guide: Greek Tragedy chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any mythology 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 Greek tragedies for a standard mythology course. Topics covered include:
- An explanation of Greek tragedy
- Biographical information about Euripides and the historical context of his work
- Summary and discussion of the tragic play Oedipus Rex
- The idea of civil disobedience as conveyed in the play Antigone by Sophocles
- The Greek playwright Aeschylus and his trilogies, including Oresteia
- Summary of The Aeneid by Virgil
1. Greek Tragedy: Definition, Characteristics & Plays
Learn about Greek tragedy, an art form that reached its peak during the Greek Golden Age of the fifth century and influences literature up to the present day. Following this analysis, you can then test your knowledge with a quiz!
2. Euripides: Biography & Plays
This lesson will give a brief biography of Euripides, focusing on the nature of his plays. His work will be put in historical context as part of the Greek Golden Age and as a driving force of the period.
3. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles: Summary, Theme & Analysis
Learn all about the Sophocles play 'Oedipus Rex', the story of a man who killed his father and married his mother. This lesson summarizes and analyzes the play, as well as examines its theme.
4. Antigone by Sophocles: Summary, Characters & Analysis
Learn about Sophocles' 'Antigone' and how it explored the topics of civil disobedience, fidelity, and citizenship. When you are finished, take the quiz and see what you learned.
5. The Trilogies of Aeschylus
You might not be able to say his name, but you probably wouldn't have some of your favorite tragic stories without the Greek playwright, Aeschylus. Check out this lesson to explore his invention of a genre, along with his famous tragic trilogies!
6. The Oresteia by Aeschylus: Summary & Themes
Learn about the Aeschylus trilogy of plays called ''The Oresteia,'' a story about the Atreides blood-feud after the Trojan War in Greek history. When you're through, take the quiz and see what you've learned.
7. The Aeneid by Virgil
This lesson explores Virgil's 'Aeneid'. It consists of a brief plot synopsis. We stop along the way to look at a few important scenes and offer analysis where necessary.
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Other chapters within the Mythology Study Guide course
- Mythology Study Guide: Understanding Myths
- Mythology Study Guide: Greek Gods & Heroes
- Mythology Study Guide: Greek Goddesses & Heroines
- Mythology Study Guide: The Trojan War, The Iliad & The Odyssey
- Mythology Study Guide: Roman Gods, Goddesses & Heroes
- Mythology Study Guide: Norse Gods, Goddesses & Stories
- Mythology Study Guide: Mythological Gods & Creatures