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Oedipus and Thebes Cadmus and the foundation of Thebes o Cadmus comes from tire, according to Greeks it is aegenor o Name means man from the east o Follows cow’s version of Europa to boiota= cowland o Tradition of culture hero for introducing alphabet may be historical dragon slaying o The serpent will kill his followers so then he goes and kills it “dragon” Typical for invader (c.f Apollo and python) Near eastern parallels (Tiamat and ullikummi) o Cadmus will take the dragons teeth and sell them> o Aftermath Cadmus marries harmonia (Aphrodite and ares kid) Both are changed to snakes and sent to elysium Marriage gifts from Aphrodite to harmonia (necklace and robe play tragic roles in late stories) Their children: Autonoe, Ino, Semele, Agave, Polydorus o Marriage of Cadmus and harmonia Marriage marked by tragic offspring Autonoe (actaeon) Ino (phrixus and helle) Semele (Dionysus) Agave (pentheus) But a happy end?
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