Humanities Lecture 2.27

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Humanities Lecture: 2.27 The Plague at Thebes I. Oedipus the King and Medicine A. Disease in Oedipus the King 1. Plague a) Provokes him to find out the truth about his parents 2. Disease, medicine, and healing used as metaphors to show themes in story 3. Antigone  332-75 a) “Numberless wonders, terrible wonders walk the earth, but none the  match fro man … “ B. Medicine and the Intellectual Spirit of Age 1. Physcians use empirical info over wives tales 2. On the Sacred Disease a) About Epilepsy b) Author denies that diseases are sacred (caused by Gods) but rather  are produced by finite causes that can be found, understood and fixed C. The Plague in Athens 1. Thucydides on Nosos (plague) of Peloponnesian War contagion: “the dead  spreading death”  2. Both Thucydides plague and Sophocles: a) Victims have strong fever b) Bodies lying dead everywhere c) Oedipus and Pericles resemble each other d) Pericles is a big believer in rationalism and considered and intellect e)
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