Hum Lecture- Feb 22, 2008

Hum Lecture- Feb 22, 2008 - Feb 22, 2008 The Plague of...

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Feb 22, 2008 The Plague of Thebes Oedipus the King and Medicine Disease in Oedipus the King 1. Antigone 332-75 -song celebrates human race achievement -period which Hippocrates was alive (thus influence by his text) Medicine and the Intellectual Spirit of the Age 1. On the Sacred Disease -period which Hippocrates was alive (thus influence by his text) -disease that can be identified and understood by means of reason and observation The Plague in Athens 1. Thucydides on nosos of Peloponnesian War -plays emphasize corpses lying around and untaken care of -drama (fiction) of Oedipus the King vs. text (historical facts) of history of Peloponnesian war 2. Contagion: “the dead spreading death” -the chorus that describes the corpus as “the dead spreading death” -dead spreading contagious disease (why he putting that in there?) -not something that Greek talked about because they couldn’t prove it Miasma 1. notion of staining or dying something 2. strong connotation of blood
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Hum Lecture- Feb 22, 2008 - Feb 22, 2008 The Plague of...

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