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Re:Staging the Greeks

Explore the unbroken connection between the ancient world and a complex multicultural present in Athens through the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes.

Re:Staging the Greeks
June 10 – July 19, 2019
College Year in Athens

Michael Cadden, senior lecturer in theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts
Martha Frintzila, Athens-based theater director, actress, and singer

Through reading, performing, and theatergoing, students in this course will investigate the drama of ancient Athens as it was staged in its own time and, most particularly, as it is reimagined today.

We'll focus on the interpretative and performative challenges posed by the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes by taking them on bodily and vocally as well as intellectually.

Students will attend performances at the internationally-acclaimed Athens and Epidaurus Festival, participating in workshops and conversations with actors, directors, and designers, before embarking on a final project featuring their own scene work. Students will also take classes in Modern Greek and visit sites related to the plays we're reading, including the Theater of Dionysos in Athens, the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, and the Palace of Mycenae.  

This seminar fulfills the literature and the arts general education (LA) requirement.

“Re:Staging the Greeks” is cosponsored by the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies with the support of The Erric B. Kertsikoff Hellenic Studies Fund and the Lewis Center for the Arts.

Course Fee: $5,750

Includes all housing, required course excursions, related academic expenses, visas (for international students), estimated personal meals and estimated airfare ($1,800). World Travel, the University travel agency, will book all participants’ flights. Details on the required booking process will be provided by seminar administrators.

All participants should budget an additional $1,000 for personal expenses and be prepared to cover costs of required and routine immunizations (estimated $50) as recommended by University Health Services. The immunization costs are covered in full for students enrolled in the University’s Student Health Plan. For students covered by families’ health insurance or other insurance plans, the associated costs will vary. International phone plans are highly recommended for all students.

Financial Aid

Students accepted into a Global Seminar and receive term financial aid automatically receive funding toward the course fee and personal meals based on the level of term aid. Possibilities for additional financial support may be available through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE). Princeton subsidized Student Loans, available from the Office of Financial Aid, are also highly recommended. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Students who accept a place in a Global Seminar and then, before the seminar begins, withdraw or cannot participate because they are no longer enrolled at Princeton will lose the nonrefundable deposit and any unrecoverable costs. There are no refunds after the start of the program.

PIIRS Global Seminars are also made possible in part by the generous contributions of alumni and friends and ongoing efforts of the Office of Development.

Questions? Contact Yolanda Sullivan, Manager, Global Initiatives.