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Medea and Other Foreign Monsters: Greek Tragedy’s Subversive Voices

Thursday July 18 at 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

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What was Greek tragedy, and how does it speak to contemporary conflicts and societal struggles? From Oedipal romance and Promethean rebellion to Medean revenge and the deus ex machina, Greek tragedy has continued to flow into western culture and beyond. Join your host Thomas Arnold, bring your questions, curiosity, and personal perspectives on tragedy as we find our way into that labyrinth. 

In this second part of the series “Reading Greek Tragedy for a World on Fire: Agonies, Ecstasies, and Fates,” we will explore how the foreign Other features in Greek tragedies and their messages to the Athenian audience. Women, foreigners, conquered foes, and villains – the Greek chorus could hear and respond to many voices that sat squarely and frightfully within the Athenian psyche. We will discuss Medea and other tragic characters that challenged the usual Athenian authority figures and their narratives, and reflect on why tragedy (including the chorus) could put so many different voices into play. In particular, how was the figure of Medea a specific threat to Athenian identity?

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Medea and Other Foreign Monsters: Greek Tragedy’s Subversive Voices
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Thursday July 18
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
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