Greek Tragedy for classicists

Before Christmas, 6.1 Classical Civilisation students attended a series of lectures in London on Greek Tragedy, given by professors from Oxford and King’s College London. The lectures covered the plays being studied for the AS exam as well as giving a flavour of what Greek theatrical festivals were like and for what kind of audience the plays were written. Themes such as the use of symbolism, the role of women in society (and in particular the threat to men when they act beyond this role – Athenian women were not expected to command their men) and heroism in drama were discussed. As well as a useful day of lectures it was a chance to see what Classicists from the rest of the country look like!

By Alex Walker, Head of Classics

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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