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The Disasters of Ancient Thebes

Evening Program

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1J0055
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Renee Gondek, independent art historian


  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
  • Platform: Zoom
  • The program is free, but online registration is required.
  • For multiple registrations, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses.

In Greek myth, Thebes, with its famed seven gates, suffered dreadful calamities. This populous city experienced the horrors unleashed by the monster Sphinx and the devastation of a divinely sent plague, as well as routinely had the bad luck to suffer under the rule of inept or self-righteous kings such as Laius, Oedipus, Eteocles, and Creon. Focusing on the literary and visual tradition of Oedipus the King, independent art historian Renee Gondek explores how supernatural and political disasters converged to test the fortitude of the citizens of Thebes.

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  • 45-minute program

Patron Information

  • Once registered, patrons will receive two emails: one is an automatic email confirmation and the second will include a link to the Zoom webinar as a follow-up (usually given within 24 hours of registration).
  • NOTE: If you do not receive your follow-up email from Zoom, please email Customer Service for assistance.


This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.