The Center for the Core Curriculum will present Euripides’ Iphigeneia at Aulis for students in the first-year Literature Humanities course at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Miller Theater. The play will be performed by the Acting Class of the Theatre Department of the School of the Arts. Members of the Columbia College community are welcome to attend.
Iphigenia at Aulis is the last existent play of the playwright Euripides. It was written between 408 and 406 BC, the year of Euripides’ death. It was first produced in 405 BC by the playwright’s son, Euripedes the Younger. The play revolves around the Greek leader Agamemnon and his decision to sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia, to appease the gods and ensure the good fortune of his forces in the Trojan War.
Literature Humanities: Masterpieces of Western Literature and Philosophy has been part of the Columbia College Core Curriculum for decades. Each fall, students read several ancient Greek works. This year’s syllabus includes The Illiad, Aeschylus’ Orestia, Sophocles’ Oedipus, and Euripdes’ Medea.
The Theatre Department of the School of the Arts has performed plays for Literature Humanities students each year for several years. Last year, students performed Euripedes’ Medea.
The performance is geared towards Literature Humanities students, but all members of the Columbia College community are welcome. After the play, Director Kristin Linklater, Barnard Classics Professor Helene Foley, and Christia Mercer, Gustave M. Berne Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Chair of Literature Humanities, will discuss the play and take questions.