Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

9/8/2016 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) Director: Fred Niblo Ben-Hur is an incredible epic silent film, later remade in 1959 starring Charlton Heston. The grandeur of the scenes and the brilliance of the cinematography hearken back to other great silent epic films, such as Intolerance. It was Fred Niblo's greatest film, however other notable … Continue reading Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Aristotle, Oedipus, and Greek Tragedy

There has been a longstanding debate, dating back to Aristotle, regarding the purpose, or telos, of a tragedy, and whether or not the "tragic" element is the result of is the result of a unique or particular character flaw stemming from the central protagonist. In other words, is Oedipus, indeed, a flawed human being who has brought about … Continue reading Aristotle, Oedipus, and Greek Tragedy

Oedipus and Greek Tragedy

Often in ancient Greek tragedy we find protagonists committing the sin of hubris, extreme pride or arrogance. Recall in Aeschylus's Agamemnon that Agamemnon returns home with a stolen concubine from Ilium, and also he fails to foresee the extent to which Clytemnestra holds a grudge against his decision to sacrifice Iphigenia. In another case, consider the … Continue reading Oedipus and Greek Tragedy