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Sophocles: "Oedipus Rex" ~ SAT, Mar 7, 7PM

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The most famous play (perhaps) in all of Western drama is riddled with perplexity.  Are the gods and the universe just or unjust toward Oedipus? Does Oedipus lead his life with a series of free choices or is he simply controlled by fate? Is his life innocent or guilty?  Presented by Marsh McCall, Ph.D., Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7:00PM.

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The most famous play (perhaps) in all of Western drama is riddled with perplexity.  Are the gods and the universe just or unjust toward Oedipus?  Does Oedipus lead his life with a series of free choices or is he simply controlled by fate?  Is Oedipus' life innocent or guilty?  Why is it that, although Sophocles almost always was awarded first place in the Dionysiac festivals, on the occasion of its premiere it was awarded a mere second place?  We will pursue these profound questions with as much gusto as one evening allows us. Presented by Marsh McCall, Ph.D., Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7:00PM.

Marsh McCall is a Stanford Professor of Classics (Emeritus) whose research includes Greek tragedy, rhetoric, literary criticism, and textual criticism. Dr. McCall introduced legions of university students to the study of classics during a decades-long professorship at Stanford, and has enchanted thousands of participants in Stanford Travel/Study programs with his on-site readings of classical authors.