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The overall objective of this unit is to give students the chance to understand and appreciate Greek tragedy. It is also designed to allow students to focus upon one tragedian, Euripides and one work, “Alcestis.” Through this focusing, students will move out from that point to Greek Civilization during the 5th century B.C. and back to the heroic times and their myths. Students should begin to understand the vastness of the knowledge uncovered and the monumental loss of those works that will be buried forever.
The unit contains a synopsis of the “Alcestis,” Euripides’ life and Greek tragedy. The information, though not exhaustive, does give a good foundation for the teacher to build on in the teaching of the Alcestis and its author, Euripides.
(Recommended for Literature classes, grades 6 through 8)
Drama Ancient Greek Euripides Literature Theater