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Greek drama, Classroom enrichment, Philosophy, Literacy, Democratic characters, High school, Teachers’ guidebook

Life, Liberty, and Happiness
Oedipus Rex and Plato at the Crossroads
by Marlin Roehl

Greek drama is as relevant today as ever—it is high energy and archetypal. Dramatic arts motivate and engage students kinaesthetically, visually, and linguistically, and Greek drama provides a rich framework for language arts and comparative literary studies.

Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex correlates nicely with Plato’s epistemological guidance in the art and discipline of thought and self-study. Life, Liberty, and Happiness: Oedipus Rex and Plato at the Crossroads provides multifaceted, mirror studies of the Self that illustrate the Greek genius for ethical agency and remind readers that in the end, character is the greatest art form. Here and there cross-cultural references evoke and develop themes about the overarching unity of humanity and the virtues of democracy. In addition to literary and philosophical analyses, background information and diverse classroom lessons are included.

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Marlin Roehl is a retired high school English teacher. He lives with his wonderful wife near the Sequoia Mountain Range in California, and he is a grateful father and grandfather. This book is his way of saying thank you to his own teachers and to his former students who very much enjoyed learning about beauty and goodness from Greek drama and literature.


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