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Do you have a better understanding of the role of prophets in ancient Greece after reading scene 5?  What purpose did Teiresias fulfill in ancient Greek society? Can you think of something similar for Teiresias in our modern culture?  Compare to the role, position, and influence of Teiresias in Ancient Greek society. 

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In Sophocles' Antigone, Teiresias plays the role that all tragic heroes ignore: wise counsel, Nemesis, fate, sooothsayer and other agent of wrathful gods

He tells the tragic hero Creon:

Mark that now, once more, thou standest on fate's fine edge.

Teiresias is a self-deprecator, a blind prophet who lives humbly and wise.  He is not quick to anger , and he does not give in to wild passions (like Oedipus, Creon, and Antigone).  He does not suffer from hubris, an arrogance begot when someone think he is better than her really is.  Though blind, he sees what others fail to see.

There is always a Teiresias is a tragedy, romance, myth, or comedy.  He is Ben Kenobe in Star Wars; Jesus Christ in the New Testament; Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings; the Oracle in The Matrix.

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