June 10, 2013

Classical Theater

People, Places, and Ideas: Episode #7

In theaters and classrooms around the world, audiences and students experience the stories and emotions behind plays penned thousands of years ago by writers like Euripidies, Plautus, and Terence. But how do these modern encounters compare with original performances, and how are scholars even able to determine what it might have been like to view one of these plays in its original setting? Timothy Moore, professor and chair of classics at Washington University in St. Louis, describes the historical context of Greek tragedies and shares his own research into the music of ancient Roman comedies.

image wikimedia commons: Theater of Dionysus by Magnus manske. audio Free music archive: Greek Tragedy.