Lecture16 - Classical mythology Lecture 16 Oedipus Curses...

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Classical mythology Lecture 16
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Oedipus ! Curses sons (Eteocles and Polynices): over meat/cup ! To rule alternately: arrangement breaks down ! Speech of Jocasta (?) in Stesichorus ! Pol. returns with f.-in-law Adrastus’s support; he and Et. kill each other
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Oedipus’ sons ! Jocasta (?) in Stesichorus (6th c.) ! Et. to remain in Thebes; Pol. to go off with Oed.’s gold and property ! Tiresias: Pol. to go to Argos, marry Adrastus’ daughter
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Amphiaraus ! Seer as well as warrior: omens bad ! Quarrel with Adrastus: gets his sister Eriphyle as wife ! She is to settle any future disagreements ! Bribed with necklace of Harmonia ! Amph. must join in; son Alcmaon to avenge ! Swallowed up by earth at Thebes: Pindar, Nemean 9
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Polynices and Eriphyle, 460-450
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Departure of Amphiaraus, c. 570
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Seven against Thebes: Amphiaraus sinks into ground, c. 440
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! Boasts that will sack city whether or not god wants it ! Scales wall on a ladder ! Struck down by thunderbolt ( Ant . 127ff.)
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