[Humanist] 24.524 further on Oedipus

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  [1]   From:    Gerda Elata-Alster <gerda at bgu.ac.il>                      (10)
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 24.521 further on Oedipus

  [2]   From:    "Helena Barbas" <hebarbas at fcsh.unl.pt>                    (26)
        Subject: RE: [Humanist] 24.521 further on Oedipus


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        Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2010 14:20:12 +0200
        From: Gerda Elata-Alster <gerda at bgu.ac.il>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 24.521 further on Oedipus

Dear Jascha Kessler,

re: further on Oedipus

I must have missed (by mistake erased) your earlier comment.

If it's not too much trouble, could you please resend it.

We then could perhaps engage in a conversation on the topic of  the 'use' of 
humanities for humankind.

Gerda Elata-Alster, Ben Gurion University of the Negev


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        Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2010 15:53:05 -0000
        From: "Helena Barbas" <hebarbas at fcsh.unl.pt>
        Subject: RE: [Humanist] 24.521 further on Oedipus
        In-Reply-To: <20101126094257.967BAB18E2 at woodward.joyent.us>

Dear Jascha Kessler

I've not translated Oedipus, but have been giving it in my classes for the
last 20 years (together with Aristotle), and each time find something new
(in both). The thing that has struck me this year is that Oedipus is himself
the victim of his father's hubris; Laius is the first not to believe in
Apollo's oracle; he is the first to shed the family blood when piercing
Oedipus feet. Laius had other sins upon himself - against hospitality and
marriage (the abduction and raping of Chrysippus i.e.). You don't need to
invoke the Old Testament, the Greek working up of the Erinyes upon family
blood shedding would be enough - it started to make me much more sense from
this perspective.   

Best of lucks to your book
Helena Barbas

Helena Barbas (PhD)
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
Departamento de Estudos Portugueses
 (Bloco 1 - Gab.b) 
Av. de Berna 26-C, 1069-061 
Lisboa – Portugal 
URL: http://www.helenabarbas.net



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