Part 1 - Ancient Greece

Michael Lahanas


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The word Drama, comes from the Greek verb dran ("to act" or "to do") refers to actions or deeds performed in a theatrical setting for the benefit of the spectators

The word 'Tragedy', on which Aristotle discoursed at length, and concerning which philosophers still argue, comes from the Greek 'tragoidia' = 'tragos' (goat) + 'oide' (song) = goat-song". Richard Joyce of Sheffield University
(Derived either from the practice of sacrificing goats before the performance of tragedies or from the goat-skins worn by choruses.)
Sappho is one of the first women poets we know and some of her poems survived partly as fragments as here books were burned by Christians. Homer produced the first two Love stories. That of Hellen and Paris and Odysseus and Penelope. With ,

In 2004 a fourth poem of Sappho was discovered. Except 3 other poems 264 fragments with 63 complete lines of her work are known today .

, The Frogs (Comments)

The Knights (Comments)

The Wasps (Comments)

The Acharnians (Comments)

Plutus (Comments)


“The Father of Lies”,

Herodotus History

The absence of romance in my history will, I fear, detract somewhat from its interest; but if it be judged useful by those inquirers who desire an exact knowledge of the past as an aid to the interpretation of the future, which in the course of human things must resemble if it does not reflect it, I shall be content. In fine, I have written my work, not as an essay which is to win the applause of the moment, but as a possession for all time. Thucydides - History of the Peloponnesian War, Book I

For the Freedom of the Rhodians

The Olynthiac Orations

The First Philippic

The Second Philippic

The Third Philippic

On the Crown

On the Peace

On the Naval Boards

For the Megapolitans

On the Chersonese

On Horsemanship

Plutarch's Lives: 15 Ancient Greek Heroes , Xenophon, Philosopher, Warrior, Author (The March of the 10700, Economy, History)

Lucians Science Fiction Story: Star wars, kidnapping by extraterrestrials, a trip to the moon in 160 AD,

Ancient Greek Literature Links

There is no better recreation for the mind than the study of the ancient classics. Take any one of them into your hand, be it only for half an hour, and you will feel yourself refreshed, relieved, purified, ennobled, strengthened; just as though you had quenched your thirst at some pure spring. Arthur Schopenhauer

Ancient Greek Humour, Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange

Modern Greek Texts

Sophocles, Oedipus the King (Modern Greek Text, PDF)

Euripides Electra (Modern Greek, PDF)

Aeschylus, Seven against Thebes (Modern Greek Text, PDF File)

Aristophanes, Lysistrata (Modern Greek Text, PDF)