CHS Dialogues | Oedipus, the downfall of Heroes, and Night of the Iguana

In this episode, Gregory Nagy and Claudia Filos respond to comments and questions from the community about:

  • The hero as a cult hero and as a tragic hero
  • Oedipus as a savior
  • Myth, ritual and miasma
  • Oedipus as a turannos
  • Hippolytus and Phaedra


This dialogue also includes discussion about the following movie clips:

The opening scene from The Night of the Iguana, directed by John Huston (1964).


Elvis Presley sings “Am I ready?” from Spinout (1966), directed by Norman Taurog.