Great Books I - Fall 2019

Iphigenia at Aulis

"What is the greatest sacrifice one can make?"

Reading Schedule

August 26 - In preparation for our first day, read the first half of the play.

August 29 & September 5 - Finish the play, highlighting key lines. For Sep. 5, reread the play, looking for Dante's four levels of meaning.

  August 26

Iphigenia Video

Shared Inquiry Discussion

August 29

Interpretive Question Discussion

Who is more courageous - Agamemnon or Iphigenia?

Who has the most power in this story?

Based on this play, how would the virtue of courage be defined?

What is the purpose of a sacrifice?

September 5

Bring Two Interpretive Questions

Question du Jour:  Are you doing what you want with your life?

In what way is each of the following people heroic:  Achilles, Agamemnon, Iphigenia?

What is the root problem in this play?

Who or what is ultimately to blame for the events leading to the sacrifice of Iphigenia?

Euripides' Conclusions on Tragic Characters and Courage