It's a great concept.
Soldiers can identify with characters and would feel less alone ... the fact that Sophocles was himself a general in the Athenian army helps a lot.
Soldiers are reluctant to seek treatments if and when they really need them because of the stigma of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and they also worry that they might be passed over for promotion or viewed as weak.
Since soldiers don't like to talk to a shrink and seek therapy, this theater would help them to open up and could reduce stigma and ultimately help veterans seek these treatments
That's a wonderful way of supporting our troops.
This book, "Achilles in Vietnam" by Jonathan Shay, was recommended to me by one of my Greek professors once:
Fascinating! As the saying goes, there is nothing new under the sun.
Btw, Philosoraptor, I had to LOL when I first saw your username.
Haha thank you! I can't claim credit for the pun (a friend of mine thought it up) but it's way too good to pass up.
And truly, the lament of Ecclesiastes is fitting: "Vanitas vanitatum." Thanks for the link to the story, it is a good one. PBS is wonderful.
"Solomon saith: 'There is no new thing upon the earth.' So that as Plato had an imagination, that all knowledge was but remembrance; so Solomon giveth his sentence, That all novelty is but oblivion."
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