Reading “Oedipus” in the Time of Corona: Lessons in the Patriarchy

“All those things are possible, the beginnings of whose coming-into-being lies in things we could compel or persuade; and these are the things or people over which we enjoy superiority or exercise authority, or whose friends we are.” (Rhetoric, 1392a 25–30)

“No matter who he may be, he is forbidden/Shelter or intercourse with any man in all this country over which I rule; From fellowship of prayer or sacrifice or lustral rite is excommunicated… and it is my solemn prayer/that the unknown murderer, and his accomplices/If such there be, may wear the brand of shame/For their shameful act, unfriended, to life’s end.” (p.32)

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