The Greek Mythology sessions are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, from 3.30 to 5.00pm, at Coronation Road, Salcombe.
“What goes on four legs in the morning, on two legs at noon, and on three legs in the evening?” That is the Riddle of the Sphinx, famously solved by Oedipus, who got into all manner of trouble as a result. So don’t even think about it!
While the Sphinx was an integral part of Oedipus’s road to ruin, the root cause, as so often in Greek tragedy, was a Delphic oracle. Such oracles were usually couched in mysterious language, and often subject to misinterpretation, but the thing about oracles was that, even if you didn’t understand them, you could not avoid them. In the case of Oedipus there was little room for misinterpretation; when he was born an oracle clearly foretold that he would grow up to kill his father. See the Summer newsletter for the outcome of this gruesome story!
We have now broken for the summer, and will start again on Tuesday 12th September when we shall read the ‘Bacchae’ of Euripides, another play set in the ill-fated city of Thebes, but starring the god of wine, Dionysus, and full of further horrors. Do come along; bring a bottle of wine and a thyrsis.
We are a small, friendly group, not at all erudite or intimidating, and we would welcome additional members; no previous knowledge of the subject is required, but you will be surprised how many names and stories are familiar. If you are interested I would strongly recommend reading Mary Renault’s novels as an introduction to the ancient Greek world, and in particular her 'The King Must Die' and 'The Bull from the Sea' for the story of Theseus.
For more information or to join the group please contact Carolyn on 843638 or click the pigeon above.