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Chapter Seventeen Lecture Two Oedipus and Thebes
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Heroic Sufferer for Truth or Victim of Curiosity
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Sufferer or Victim Oedipus not like other “cosmic” heroes Not of divine birth He overthrows his father but creates not order but chaos In Homer’s version, Oedipus continues as king after truth is discovered In Sophocles’s, he blinds himself and eventually is exiled
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Sufferer or Victim The discovery combines the anagnorisis and the peripateia Was he just a toy of fate? For the Greeks, he had no moral fault and did what any intelligent person would have done in the same situation He is confused about his true self, between what he appears to be and what he is
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Sufferer or Victim He dies as the pharmakos for the city, outcast His intelligence is restless and he solves riddles, including his own Typically for the Greeks, the truth is an awful one
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The Seven Against Thebes
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The Seven Against Thebes Eteocles and Polynices rule in alternate years Eteocles reneges Polynices goes into exile Adrastus (Argos) Daughters must be yoked to a boar and a lion Polynices and Tydeus
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