Eleftheria Bernidaki-Aldous


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Blindness in a Culture of Light - Especially the Case of "Oedipus at Colonus" of Sophocles

01/01/1990 This book examines the paradox: sight in blindness in Ancient Greek culture. Deprivation of light is almost as undesirable as death, yet blindness bestows a status of distinction in a culture where choice between light and honor is difficult. Blindness is punishment for breaking the limits of human knowledge, yet it is also the means to insight (truth-vision of metaphysical light). The (polluted) blind seers and poets enjoy the highest religious, social and political powers.


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