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ALL373 - Greek Tragedy: Death, Sex and Vengeance

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:R Goodrich

Successful completion of at least one second year literature unit

Incompatible with: ALL315


Online teaching methods require internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit explores a selection of playscripts by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. The six tragedies selected for close study embody radically different ways of confronting sex, death and vengeance.

Four strands are interwoven in this study:

(i) The times and worlds of the actual plays themselves in ancient Athens of the fifth century B.C.;

(ii) Some influential responses to the playwrights themselves which we have inherited as dominant intellectual frameworks (or ideologies) such as those associated with Aristotle, Nietzsche, and Freud amongst others;

(iii) Ways of reading and performing the plays themselves, taking account of the physical characteristics of ancient Greek theatre; and

(iv) Adaptations of the plays, ranging from cinematic renditions to modern stage versions.


Critical Analysis, 2000 words, 50%

Thematic essay or creative-exegetical project, 2000 words, 50%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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