CLASSIC 45C Lecture 1: Sophocles's Oedipus: Overview and Themes
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Department
Classics
Course
CLASSIC 45C
Professor
Zacharitsa Giannopoulou
Semester
Spring

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Class: Classics 45C Topic: Oedipus the King- Sophocles Date: 4-7-17 Background ● Tragedy by Sophocles ● Written around 430 BCE ● Tragedies consist of prologue, episodes (spoken parts) that alternate with choral odes (sung parts), and exodus Points of Attention 1. Pollution a. physical/city b. moral/individual c. The private and public intersect d. There’s a plague, no more babies 2. Free Will vs. Determination a. Is Oedipus free or predestined to his fate/jerked around by gods? b. Hamartia: translated as “sin”; but in ancient Greek means “error” c. curse/hereditary guilt d. Oracle at Delphi i. Tells O that he’ll kill father and marry mother e. Others’ decisions f. Luck i. The crossroads, encountering Laius ii. Did gods make him go there or was it his free will? 1. Has to be stated directly in the text. So No. g. Own nature i. Anger, concern for city, intellectual curiosity, suspiciousness ii. Gets angry at Tiresias and Creon and his wife h. Self-punishment
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