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Summer School Short Course: Oedipus and His Family
Summer School Short Course: Oedipus and His Family

Summer School Short Course: Oedipus and His Family

Explore the myth of Oedipus and his family in this short course for the Hellenic Museum's Summer School 2024.

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08 Jan 2024, 10:00 am – 12 Jan 2024, 11:00 am

Online or at the Hellenic Museum, 280 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


Join the Hellenic Museum and Dr Christopher Gribbin at the seventh annual Summer School. Spend a week exploring the spectacular and fascinating world of the ancient Greeks and Romans in this series of informative, relaxed and entertaining short courses, where anyone is welcome!

This course focuses in depth on the myth of Oedipus and his family by looking at the way the myth is portrayed in ancient Greek plays. We’ll consider works by all three of the great tragedians and look at the ways that each author plays with the myth to tell a slightly different story. We’ll look at several interesting themes explored in the myth, such as the nature of power, differing expectations around men and women in ancient Greece, the complexities of fate and the challenges of family dynamics. We’ll also meet powerful characters, including the good king Oedipus, his mother-wife Jocasta, his strong-willed daughter Antigone and the reluctant ruler Creon.

The course consists of 5 sessions over 5 days, delivered in-person or online at 10–11AM daily (AEDT). People taking part online can participate live or watch recorded lectures at a time of their convenience. Sessions will cover:

  1. Introduction to the myth of Oedipus
  2. Sophocles' Oedipus the King
  3. Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes
  4. Euripides' Phoenician Women
  5. Sophocles' Antigone



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