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MLA Faculty Lecture: Greek Drama at the Movies

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LED BY PROFESSOR DAVID WRAY, OUR FACULTY PRESENTER 

Join the Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) program for a sneak peek at an upcoming Autumn Quarter class: “Greek Drama at the Movies,” taught by UChicago Classics Professor and MLA Faculty Member, David Wray.

Western theater, as an art form and a cultural institution, traces its origin back to the Greek tragedies and comedies produced two and a half millennia ago. In our own time, filmmakers continue to use the ancient Greek mythological dramas as reference points, springboards of inspiration, and models for adaptation and innovation.

Foreshadowing his upcoming class, Professor Wray's Faculty Lecture on June 16 will examine some of the original texts alongside their modern film adaptations that range from “faithful” attempts to recreate Athenian performance conventions to transcultural reworkings that represent Athenian soldiers as gang members fighting on the streets of Chicago.

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Master of Liberal Arts