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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

High School Classical Literature: Sophocles

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Class dates: Tuesdays, November 9 to December 14, 2010
Total classes: 6
Starting time: 10:00 am Eastern (9:00 am Central)
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Fee: $120 for entire 6 week course. $15 Early Enrollment Discount before August 1, 2010.
Instructor: Henry Russell, Ph.D.
Prerequisite: The ability to read, understand, and enjoy Sophocles
Suggested grade level: 10th to 12th
High school credit: 1/2 semester credit. For a full credit, precede with Dr. Russell’s Iliad course.
Course description: What do Aristotle and the Greek tragedians mean by tragedy? Is it closely related to the Christian concept of godly justice (and therefore to the Christian concept of comedy)? If Sophocles’ Oedipus is the most perfect tragedy, as Aristotle suggests, then what does that tragedy tell us? And how does Oedipus at Colonnus, written twenty years later, come to a completely redemptive ending 400 years before Christ?
Course outline:
Class 1: The Nature of Tragedy
Class 2: Oedipus Rex
Class 3: Oedipus Rex
Class 4: Antigone
Class 5: Oedipus at Colonnus
Class 6: Oedipus at Colonnus
Homework: Dr. Russell will provide quizzes, essay topics, and a midterm and final exam to be graded by the parent.
Course materials: Oedipus Rex, Antigone, and Oedipus at Colonnus, Fitzgerald translation

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