Oedipus through the Ages: a new myth for Individual freedom



The first preserved record of a Western society creating stories for the purpose of making sense of both the natural world and of human experience can be found in the epics, lyrics, and tragedies of ancient Greece. In these works, we can see the most creative representatives of a society grappling with the need to understand themselves and their world, and doing so without any technology beyond human reason and ingenuity.

So it is not surprising that a variety of thinkers, including Freud, quickly turned to the Greek tradition to find support for their projects. Understanding that stories could cure the psyche, European thinkers turned to Sophocles’ version of the Oedipus myth as the primal narrative around which to erect their theoretical structure.

The Oedipus Myth is one of the founding stories of Western civilisation. Most people have heard of Oedipus because of Freud’s ideas surrounding psychosexual development and the “Oedipal Complex”. But even more than that, the story of Oedipus provides a an illustration of childhood adversity, multigenerational trauma, fortuna, fate, self knowing and seeing.

In this course, we shall compare and contrast three (Sophocles, Seneca and Dallas) different versions of the Oedipus legend in order to understand psychological entrapment and freedom.

All of our classes are delivered in real-time.

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Teacher Bio

Zulfiqar Awan BA Hons, MA, PGCE

British lecturer, Zulfiqar Awan (BA Hons, MA, PGCE and Ph.D. candidate) has 15 years of teaching experience in the U.K and Cape Town, South Africa. Mr. Awan has also worked as an independent senior lecturer in philosophy, history, and politics on behalf of the British Government. He is the founder of Humanitas LifeLong Learning, where he teaches regular evening classes and short courses directly to the public, and online to an international audience. Mr Awan currently resides in Istanbul, Turkey.