CHS Dialogues | Oedipus, the downfall of Heroes, and Night of the Iguana

In this episode, Gregory Nagy and Claudia Filos respond to comments and questions from the community about: The hero as a cult hero and as a tragic hero Oedipus as a savior Myth, ritual and miasma Oedipus as a turannos Hippolytus and Phaedra with reference to Oedipus Tyrannus of Sophocles, and Hippolytus of Euripides.   This dialogue also includes discussion about the following movie clips: The opening scene from The Night… Read more

In Focus: Plato Republic 9.571c–d

I am talking, I [= Socrates] said, about those [desires and pleasures] that are awakened when one part of the soul [psūkhē] sleeps—I mean the part that is rational [logistikon] and domesticated [hēmeron] and in control [arkhon] of the other part, which is beast-like [thēriōdes] and savage [agrion]. Then, [when the rational part is asleep,] this other part, which is glutted with grain [sīta] or intoxicants [methē], starts bolting [skirtāi]… Read more