The Greek “fathers of History” – Part III – Thucydides (continued and concluded)

What did Thucydides himself think? Continue reading

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Sophocles, Antigone, and Athenian tragedy

These are programme notes I wrote for a school production of Antigone:

Modern Greek tragic masks

The historical origins of Athenian tragedy are forever lost to us, but the Greek word “tragedy” (“goat-singers”) gives us a clue that it originated out of choral singing and dancing at sacrificial rituals. Give the chorus-leader a separate part to sing against his chorus, and later add a second and a third individual actor – and you have drama as we would recognise it today. Continue reading