Lesson Plan

Sophocles' Antigone: Ancient Greek Theatre, Live From Antiquity!

The Temple of Jupiter near the Acropolis at Athens.
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The Temple of Jupiter near the Acropolis at Athens.

Ancient cultures provide some of our deepest connections to the humanities, drawing life from that distant time when the study of history, philosophy, arts, literature, and language itself began. On the Internet, students can return to those times, re-enter that age of discovery, and learn from their study the timeless nature of the human condition and the profound effects of the human drama on people of any era.

This lesson plan begins with the study of Sophocles' Antigone and the universal issues it raises about power, gender, family obligation, ethics, and honor. It then moves to an exploration of ancient Greece, accents the importance of theater and its staging, the nature of tragedy in this culture, and culminates in student presentations and performances.

Guiding Questions

How does Greek drama compare to our modern theater?

How do the themes in plays from other times and cultures relate to issues of today?

Learning Objectives

Appreciate ancient Greek drama through study of a play by Sophocles.

Evaluate the cultural and historical context of Greek drama and its role in Greek society.

Reconstruct the experience of seeing a Greek drama performed and share that experience in an imaginative presentation, performance, and report.