Classical Greek Theater – New!

Humor, Satire, and Social Criticism in the Classical Greek Theater – New!
4 sessions • 10 hours

An highly entertaining way to visit Ancient Greece is through its plays, in which the ancient playwrights portrayed the politics, people, and events of their time with humor, satire, and keen critical analysis. In this series of PowerPoint-illustrated presentations, Dr. Karen Gray draws on the works of dramatists from Aeschylus to Aristophanes to demonstrate the role of the theater as critic and commentator, as well as compelling storyteller in the 4th and 5th Century BCE. Classical Greek drama will be examined and compared to contemporary theater including unique characteristics that reinforce the cultural diversity it contained.

Instructor: Karen Gray
Karen Gray, Ph.D., received her S.T.B. degree from Harvard Divinity School and her Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh where her thesis was on “Religious Atheism in Contemporary Western Thought: A Christian Problem and a Buddhist Perspective.” She recently retired after 20 years with the Smithsonian Associates designing adult study tours. Her lifelong fascination with the world’s religions continues as she approaches these concepts with openness and a scholarly perspective.

Humor, Satire, and Social Criticism in the Classical Greek Theater – New!

ILR955 • 5-Digit Number: 19391
Fridays • 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. • 3/6 – 3/27
Sweadner Hall • Lecture Hall
Tuition: $40 | Fee: $99 | Total: $139
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only