In this lecture for the East and West Learning Connections lecture series, I discuss the plays Oedipus Rex and Antigone by Sophocles. These plays date to about 2400 years ago. I cover topics such as tragedy in medieval and Renaissance England, how Greek tragedy shaped our understanding of theatre today, and the importance of kings, family, speech, and idealism in Sophocles's plays. This lecture was given on June 9th, 2021. A transcript is available from EAWLC.
July 7, 2021