Three Great Myths: Oedipus, Persephone, and Dionysus

In this seminar, we will consider three important figures in Greek mythology: the infamous King Oedipus; Persephone and her mother Demeter, goddess of the harvest; and Dionysus, god of wine and theater, in whose honor Greek tragedies and comedies were performed. We will examine how these stories served to create cultural identity, how they were represented in material artifacts and literature, and their transformation over the course of their long lives in the Western tradition. Our reading will include translations of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus; the Homeric Hymn to Demeter; and Euripides’ Bacchae and Medea. We will also reconsider some popular misconceptions about myth and tragedy. No prior knowledge of ancient Greek mythology or history is required.

Instructor: Elizabeth Bobrick

Six Thursdays, March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, & 14 from 6:30-8:30pm
Butterfield Room - $175

This course is full and closed to further registrations.

Elizabeth Bobrick
ELIZABETH BOBRICK is a Visiting Scholar in Wesleyan’s Department of Classical Studies, where she has taught ancient Greek language and literature. She is currently teaching Greek tragedy at Cheshire Correctional Facility as part of Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education. In addition, she has been a Visiting Writer in the Department of English, the College of Letters, and the Graduate Liberal Studies Program. Her publications range from scholarly articles on Aristophanes, Sophocles, and Theophrastus to essays on an array of topics, from baseball to seasonal teaching anxiety. She received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University.