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1. Telling the Story
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about how Sophocles has chosen to tell the story of Oedipus, focusing in particular on his preference for the gradual revelation of the facts, as well as on his decision to begin the story not with the riddle of the Sphinx, which was probably the most famous episode in the story of Oedipus, but with the plague at Thebes.
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?
Dr Rosie Wyles researches the cultural history of the ancient world through theatre performance. She did her undergraduate studies in Classics at Oxford and was awarded her PhD on the ancient performance reception of Euripides from the University of London in 2007. Her research interests include Greek and Roman performance arts, costume, reception within antiquity and beyond it, and gender.
Cite this Lecture
Wyles, R. (2018, August 15). Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus - Telling the Story [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/sophocles-oedipus-tyrannus/telling-the-story
Wyles, R. "Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus – Telling the Story." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/sophocles-oedipus-tyrannus/telling-the-story