Study Guide

Tiresias Sightings

Sightings

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

The Odyssey by Homer

Odysseus makes a pit-stop in the Underworld to get some travel advice from the ghost of everybody's favorite blind seer in this most epic of epic poems.

 

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Antigone by Sophocles

In this tragedy, King Creon decides to not listen when Tiresias tells him to let Antigone bury her brother Polyneices. (Spoiler alert: this does not go well for Creon.)

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Oedipus the King by Sophocles

King Oedipus gets majorly ticked off when Tiresias tells him he's the cause of all his own problems in this tragedy. It isn't a happy ending, to say the least.

 

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The Phoenician Women by Euripides

In this tragedy, Tiresias tells Creon that he has to sacrifice his son, Menoeceus, in order to save Thebes. Creon is more than a little unhappy about this.

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The Bacchae by Euripides

Tiresias and Cadmus dress up like ladies and go party at a Bacchanal of Dionysus in this tragedy.

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Oedipus by Seneca

The big deal Roman playwright puts his spin on Oedipus' story—Tiresias included. It doesn't get any happier, that's for sure.

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The Metamorphoses by Ovid

Ovid gives you all the steamy details on how Tiresias went from man to woman and back again in this famous collection of mythological poems.

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The Inferno by Dante

According to Dante, Tiresias is trapped in Hell with his head spun around backwards. Ouch.

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"The Waste Land" by T.S. Eliot

Tiresias is the main narrator of this crazy famous modern poem. Let's just hope this poem doesn't predict the future.

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Oedipus el Rey by Luis Alfaro

This modern Chicano riff on Oedipus is set in a LA barrio and comes complete with a Chicano version of the blind prophet.

Dec 20, 2019

These Seven Sicknesses by Sean Graney

Tiresias appears as blind woman in a wheelchair in this modernized marathon of all of Sophocles' extant plays.

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