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. CLASSICS 222, NOTES FOR 1/21/09 Paper due-date sign up sheets were made available for the last time. For the first test on Wednesday, 1/28/09, the format will be 40 multiple choice for 80 points, plus 20 points for five quote i.d.'s for which you are to identify the speaker and the play. Please see last year's first test under "Course Documents" for a better sense of the format and the kinds of questions asked. Please note that on the quote i.d.’s, as in all else in this course, an incorrectly spelled response is an incorrect response. Note that everything in the lecture notes and handouts, and everything in the texts of the plays we read is fair game for the test. If you have not been studying every day, you will want to start immediately. For Friday, we will begin our discussion of the Antigone . Here is the set-up you need to begin: * When Oedipus is gone, his sons, Polyneices and Eteocles, take over and decide to rule in turn. This is unsuccessful. Eteocles refuses to let Polyneices take his turn as ruler. Polyneices goes to Argos and comes back with an army led by great heroes to destroy Thebes (the "Seven against Thebes.") The army is repelled and Thebes is saved. Eteocles and Polyneices kill each other. Creon becomes king, proclaims Eteocles, the leader of the Theban people, a hero and buries him with honor. The other brother, Polyneices, is declared a traitor and no one is allowed to bury him under penalty of death. Here the play begins. Now, back to our walk-through of Oedipus the King : * At Creon's urging, Oedipus has sent for Teiresias- the old blind prophet who always speaks the truth. *After Teiresias’ pronouncements on p. 26, there is no possibility that Oedipus and the Chorus do not know at some level what Oedipus has done. Within the play, the first stasimon (pp. 30-32) shows the extent of the chorus’ distress. They are in denial. p. 33 - Oedipus believes Teiresias was bribed by Creon, who wants the throne for himself. No evidence for this. Oedipus is acting like a hot head. Oedipus’ attitude is characteristic for the tyrant type. Note about the title of the play: although the Latin title- Oedipus Rex = Oedipus the King , the Greek title- Oidipous Tyrannos = Oedipus the Tyrant . We will see this same behavior, in a more extreme form, in the Creon of Antigone . It is worth noting that the Creon of Antigone , which comes later in dramatic time but was actually produced more than ten years earlier, is very different from the Creon of Oedipus the King . This lack of consistency in character was apparently not a problem for Sophocles or his audience. Both plays are informed, as we see from Creon’s speech on p. 36, by current debates about the best way to
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