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Literature: Plays

Theater was a major part of the lives of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Tragedies and comedies written by famous classical playwrights, such as Euripides, Sophocles, Aristophanes, and Plautus, are enjoyable even to a modern audience.

Aeschylus, The Persians
by Patricia Fitzgerald '20

Aeschylus’ The Persians is structured almost identically to the typical tragedy. It tells the story of the Persians’ defeat at the Battle of Salamis in 480 BC. At the beginning, the chorus and the queen anxiously await news from the battle...

Wole Soyinka, born into a Yoruba family in Nigeria in 1934, is a playwright and political activist. In 1986, he became the first African writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. According to the 1986 press release of the Swedish Academy...