Study Help Practice Projects


1. Plan and write your own scene dramatizing an event not staged in the Oedipus Trilogy. You might choose to dramatize the life of Ismene after the events of Antigone, or the encounter of Oedipus with the Sphinx.

2. Choose a scene from one of the plays of the Oedipus Trilogy and produce it for the class. Design costumes and masks in the style of fifth-century Athens, or have actors wear street clothes.

3. Design a Web page on the Oedipus Trilogy, featuring themes, legends, or interpretations the class finds particularly helpful or interesting. Correspond by e-mail or post with other classes studying the Oedipus Trilogy.

4. Using library reference materials, research the Eleusian Mysteries. Present your findings about this tradition to the class in an oral presentation featuring illustrations of the legend of Demeter and Persephone.

5. Play a recording of the last scene of Verdi's opera Aida, beginning with Ramades' "La fatal pietra." Discuss the similarities of this scene with the description of Antigone and Haemon's meeting in the tomb. How does opera compare to classical tragedy? Choose a scene from one of the plays of the Oedipus Trilogy and set it to music for presentation as an operatic drama.