What is the difference between reading a play in a classroom in the U.S. compared to hearing it in the actual theater?

Certainly, it's a privilege to be there and to do it. There is a sense of history, of the many years gone by that is impressive. It seems to be "more real" to be there.

Here two are performing cuttings from "The Clouds" by Aristophanes. This was part of our consideration of how rhetoric began to be conceptualized in ancient Greece.

 

 

Aristophanes sees Socrates as one of the Sophists - and not an opponent of them. The playwright ridicules Socrates as having his head in the clouds and studying things of no importance.

I also had students report on additional readings they did.

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