The Theatre of Apollo: Divine Justice and Sophocles' Oedipus the King
by R Drew Griffith (9780773515000)

The Theatre of Apollo: Divine Justice and Sophocles' Oedipus the King
 
R Drew Griffith
Release Date: 10 December 0230
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 160
Category: Greek & Roman
ISBN: 9780773515000
ISBN-10: 0773515003



By imaginatively recreating the play's original staging and debunking the interpretations of various critics, including Aristotle, Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, E.R. Dodds, Frederick Ahl, and John Peradotto, Griffith shows that Apollo is a constant, powerful presence throughout the play. He contends that although we can sympathize with Oedipus because of his sufferings, he is still morally responsible for murdering his father and sleeping with his mother. Apollo is therefore not indifferent and his actions are not unjust. Griffith focuses on Apollo's commandment "know thyself," a commandment Oedipus belatedly and tragically fulfils, to stress both the need for self-understanding in the study of ancient literature and the usefulness of ancient literature in achieving self-understanding.

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