Literature Cambridge - New Greek Tragedy courses

Literature Cambridge - New Greek Tragedy courses

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Have you always wanted to study Classical literature? Or do you teach Classics in a school and would like to deepen your own learning? Literature Cambridge is delighted to offer a range of lectures and courses on Classical literature, with a focus on Greek Tragedy

The lecturer Jan Parker, has taught for many years at Cambridge, and has also taught teachers and many others in summer schools and extension courses. This is a rare chance to study some of the greatest works of Greek Tragedy. 

Greek literature was meant to be listened to. The plays aim to directly affect and challenge their audiences. The lectures, courses and weekend sessions will explore these resonant, richly woven texts, discussing unforgettable characters and key themes. They will question the effects, then and now, of the issues raised.

The aim is to read not in but through translation, with key passages marked up with the Greek words. This may be of special interest to teachers and those wanting to develop an interest in the language.

Woolfians might also be interested to learn some of the Ancient Greek language and literature which so fascinated Virginia Woolf.

All sessions are live online via Zoom.

Lectures and Courses on Classical Literature

  • Lecture 1: Odysseus and ‘his’ Women: Circe, Calypso, Nausicaa, Penelope, Sunday 27 February 2022
  • Lecture 2: Re-discovering Helen: The Iliad and the Trojan Women, Saturday 5 March 2022
  • Lecture 3: Sophocles and Toxic Masculinity: The Philoctetes, Sunday 13 March 2022
  • Course 1: Women in Greek Tragedy, 26 April to 24 May 2022
  • Course 2: Odysseus the Storyteller, 8 June to 6 July 2022
  • Weekend sessions: Homer/Virgil weekend, 9-10 July 2022

Alumni can enjoy the discount student price for all eligible courses.