What is the relationship of politics and religion? Does the welfare of the city have any substantial claim on a man’s life and destiny? Is the city perhaps itself a sort of incursion of the divine into otherwise mundane human life? Are there laws above the ones man makes, and if so, how can we know them and to what extent must we be prepared to follow them? Does prudence sometimes dictate submitting to unjust laws? Do people to whom horrific fates happen deserve them because of some tragic character flaw in themselves, or is the ethical structure of the universe simply set up such that virtue is only learned through usually undeserved suffering?
These and other weighty questions, which have often been asked not just by pagans, but by Christians as well, are masterfully explored in Sophocles’ magnificently moving Oedipus Trilogy.
In this 3-week seminar, we will explore these questions – and any others that arise – by engaging Sophocles’ text closely on our own throughout the week and then together in a live discussion at the end of the week.
Sophocles: Oedipus Trilogy, 3 weeks – $0
Required Text (obtain from bookseller of your choice)