This past weekend, the Classics Department traveled to Chicago to see a performance of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex at the University of Chicago's Court Theatre. Students and faculty began the day at the Oriental Institute, which displays the history, art, and architecture of the ancient Near East. After lunch and some time to explore the city, the group reconvened at the theatre to enjoy the performance. When asked what he thought of the performance, junior Classics major Will Lamara said, "Seeing the play performed on a modern stage really gave me a different perspective on the story. Reading the text of an ancient play can make it seem stoic and serious, but watching it actually be performed shows that it is just as lively and full of emotion as any modern work."
The Classics Department organizes yearly trips to see stage performances related to the study of Classics, such as the operas Orpheus and Eurydice (Fall 2017) and La Traviata (Spring 2019). These trips are not only opportunities to see how the study of Classics is relevant in modern society, but also for students and faculty to interact and spend time together outside of the classroom. If you are interested in attending any future Classics Department trips, watch your email and this website for announcements!