Class40Mar3 - Lecture 3/2/2011 The Theban Cycle: Phonecian...

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Lecture 3/2/2011 The Theban Cycle: Phonecian Women; Antigone One defending city (Etocles) and one attacking (Polyneices) o 7 against Thebes – Eteocles is selfless o In Phoen. Women – overcome with personal issues – Eteocles likes being king too much Both sons would sacrifice lives ot Theben citizens Jocasta: motivated by family interests over city o Wants them to survive Only character with “civic” motivation (for city) is Menoiceus o Menoiceus is Euripedes’ invention o Sacrifices himself for city Eur’s Phoen. Women (991-1018) o Unexpected sacrifice of Menoiceus is not to complicate play (twist, innovation, etc.) Like diff. form of oracle, Jocasta still alive – Euripides likes to complicate Instead, Menoiceus is seen as descendent of Laius – acts on entire behalf of city; offers opposite to Polyneices and Eteocles Apolodarus M6 “My fatherland” in Euripedes – very literal sense – joins family in city, otherwise unseen
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2011 for the course CLASSICS 40 taught by Professor Erickson during the Winter '07 term at UCSB.

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