Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus
In this course, Dr Rosie Wyles (University of Kent) explores Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus. In the first module, we think about where Sophocles chooses to start the story and how it proceeds, compared to other versions of the myth. After that, we think about how the original audience may have reacted to the play in light of the devastating plague that Athens had suffered in the early years of the Peloponnesian War. In the third module, we explore the character of Oedipus himself, before turning in the fourth module to the presentation of violence in the play – both as reported to us in messenger speeches and as shown to us on stage. In the final module, we turn to the role of the gods and fate in the play: does Oedipus deserve what happens to him?
What this playlist includes:
11 lectures across 2 courses.
All resources designed and delivered by university academics and researchers.
Courses and Lectures
1. Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus
Dr Rosie Wyles
Kent University
1.1. Telling the Story – 07:02
1.2. The Original Audience – 06:40
1.3. Character – 07:13
1.4. Language and Spectacle – 11:53
2. Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus
Prof. Richard Seaford
Exeter University
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