CLA232 Lecture 4 15:34
Talking about a play… Odyssey
Characters could do things that normally patriotic citizens would never do
The point of being a citizen in Athens is about being part of a democracy
But for citizens going to the theatre they could imagine what it was like to act as an
Let’s say doing something really really awful would be the best thing you could do
for everybody else
So the play where the guys abandoned on an island with a broken leg..
What if disobeying the laws of the city will please the gods
So people can imagine themselves making these kinds of decisions that were
basically impossible otherwise
So there’s a big element of the individual vs. the collective
Zeus plays a big role as a maintainer of order.. BUT when talking about tragedy
what god is important?
He is the god of madness and wine.. these are connected.. you get drunk you act
Maenads – crazy psycho women
God of theatre
Interesting that the theatre is where the opposite of Athenian action takes place..
while the god of theatre is kind of the opposite of a good Athenian – he drinks wine
and gets drunk; his followers act nutty etc.
Associated with music – he plays the llire, a very formal and structured instrument
God of archery – poison arrows he shoots down on motherfuckers
Associated with the sun; twin sister with the moon
God of healing, of medicine – putting things back in order
Back to the idea of prophecy..
Delphi is where you go to get an oracle from… the pithaea
What you would do is make a sacrifice.. then a priest would go into the back, talk to
the pithaea, who would breathe in some gases and trip balls
So the Delphic oracle.. though there is no proof she went wrong.. obviously there
was error.. she was fucked up on hallucinogenics so her words were mixed and hard
to understand.. could have been VERY easy to misinterpret
Another way things could go wrong is if you hear what happens correctly and then
try to prevent it i.e. Oedipus leaving the city so he won’t kill his father and bang his
mom.. this obvi comes back to bite him in the ass