Course in The Theatre: An Itinerary from Classical Past to Future


Program Description

An Itinerary from Classical Past to Future

This online course focuses on presenting the evolution of the Ancient Greek Theater starting from the 5th century BC till the 20th-21st century. Greek theatre, mostly developed in Athens, is the root of the Western tradition, while the word’s root also originates as Greek. It was part of a performance culture that evolved in classical Greece and included festivals, religious rituals, politics, funerals and many more.

The tragedy is also a word originated from Greece and as it turns out, the dramatic performances were really important to the Athenians.

The course answers to questions like In what context was ancient Greek drama written and produced in classical Athens? What were a performance tragedy and comedy like? What factors did contribute to the survival of a small number of ancient plays to present day? When did the first modern public production take place? Which are the most significant trends and tendencies observed in the staging of ancient Greek drama in modern times?

Furthermore, the participant will have the opportunity to learn why the Classical Period is considered as the Golden Age of the Greek drama plus how Ancient drama gets to be performed in modern times and in contemporary European productions. Once you enroll, you’ll start a fascinating journey of ancient Greek drama from the time and place of its creation until its contemporary prominence.

All of the above will be analyzed further and in detail in this online course part of the Arts and Culture category. After successfully completing the lessons, the participant will receive a training certificate while acquiring a unique experience in the marvelous world of Theatre.

Participant Profile

This course is addressed not only to those interested in ancient Greek drama who wish to explore its scenic realization through time, but also to those interested in performance history in general, given that ancient Greek drama has always been an intrinsic part of Western European theatrical culture, and thus can be regarded as a barometer of theatrical developments .

Programme Aims

This course aims to provide an overview of the staging practice of ancient Greek drama in the Greek and European theatre.

The course will:
• Seek to gain a knowledge of the context and conventions of ancient Greek drama performance in fifth-century Athens
• Identify the key factors that enabled the re-emergence of ancient Greek drama in the modern era and afterward established its preeminence in the European repertoire
• Attempt to present the most significant artistic, cultural and ideological parameters that lead to the proliferation of ancient Greek drama performances in modern times and assess their impact in contemporary Greek and European theatre

Last updated May 2019

About the School

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) is an integral part of the modern Greek intellectual tradition, life and international presence. It successfully combines an old established n... Read More