Greek Tragedy: Oedipus’ Children

6.00 – 7.00pm Mondays 11th, 18th & 25th November
Room 101, La Trobe University Franklin Street
Presented by Christopher Gribbin

The myths about Oedipus' unfortunate children are explored by all three of the great tragedians in their plays. These lectures examine those plays as a way of better understanding Greek tragedy and the Greek worldview. The plays look at the consequences to Oedipus' children and the wider society after the revelation that Oedipus married his own mother. By comparing the experiences of the daughters and the sons, the plays high- light the different expectations around men and women in ancient Greece, including different gender roles and concepts of honour. We also meet the interesting character of Creon, who is used as a way of exploring the idea of power and the hard decisions that people in power must make.

11th November Introduction to Greek Tragedy and the Story of Oedipus: Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus
18th November Oedipus' Sons Fight It Out: Euripides' Phoenician Women and Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes
25th November Family versus the State: Oedipus's Daughters in Sophocles' Antigone

Optional Preparatory Reading:
Euripides, Phoenician Women Sophocles, Antigone

Course Code - GT15 Cost: $105 (full)/ $95 (discount)
Individual lectures can be attended upon request at the one price of $35/lecture. Contact Sarah Midford at or on 9479 3466 to arrange this.

Registration Census Date: Monday 4th November

If this seminar has not reached the minimum number of enrolments required to run by Monday, 4th November it will be cancelled. Please register early to avoid disappointment.