The Music of Tragedy

Greek Tragedies were as much musical as theatrical performances.  Much of the text uttered by the Chorus, and some by individual characters as well, was sung.  The ancient tragedians were as much composers as writers, creating both the texts and the musical settings.  Indeed, in Aristophanes' Frogs, when the ghosts of Aeschylus and Euripides fight... Continue Reading →

The Watchman

Helen Eastman, director of the last three Cambridge Greek plays, is embarking on what I think is a really amazing project:  filming short excerpts from ancient Greek tragedies, in Ancient Greek (with subtitles).  Check out her first offering, "The Watchman" in which actor Leon Scott performs the opening speech of Aeschylus' Agamemnon: Having both acted in and... Continue Reading →

More Boardgames

I'm working on a longer post, but for the moment I thought I'd do some quick links to showcase the work of my friends and colleagues.  Boardgames and ancient times seems to be a major point of intersection in the circles I move in, and two Cambridge classicists have done some amazing work adapting pre-existing... Continue Reading →

Gods Playing Games

I recently re-watched the 1963 film Jason and the Argonauts, one of the best cinematic retellings of a Greek myth and a film that contains some of the finest work of master animator Ray Harryhausen.  Among the film's conceits is the image of the gods literally playing games with mortal life: Jason's adventures are revealed... Continue Reading →

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