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Imagining Oedipus: Art, Myth, and Performance

November 6, 2021, 2:00 pm3:30 pm

Calyx-krater depicting a scene from Sophocles' "Oedipus Tyrannos." Sicilian, 350-325 BC. Terracotta; H 24 cm. Syracuse, Museo Archeologico Regionale "Paolo Orsi," 66557

The legend of Oedipus sees fate, hubris, and the will of the gods collide with shattering results, providing the foundation for the most influential of all Greek tragedies. This presentation will explore the cultural significance of the Theban plays (AntigoneOedipus Tyrannos, and Oedipus at Colonus) by Sophocles through the lens of art, beginning with their representations in ancient Greek vase-painting.

The lecture will be followed by a conversation between speaker Dr. Mary Hart, associate curator of antiquities at J. Paul Getty Museum, and Carey Perloff, artistic director emerita at the American Conservatory Theater.

This program will introduce the Ancient Art Council's annual Saturnalia celebration: a rehearsed reading of Sophocles' last play, Oedipus at Colonus, on December 4.

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(415) 750-3600