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The Myth of Oedipus: Heroic Myth Turned Sour 03/06/09
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Main Themes/Problems Oedipus as hero and anti-hero (not demi- god, but has other characteristics of heroes) Role of Delphi as driving force of events Thebes in Athenian drama accursed city The notion of family curse Fate/Destiny Significance of family ties Limits of human knowledge
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Background: The Family Curse on the Theban Royal House Starts with the children of Cadmus and Harmonia Ino – killed her children and jumped off a cliff Semele – blasted by thunderbolt Agave – killed her son Pentheus Autonoe – her son, Actaeon, eaten by his own hunting dogs
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Theban Royal House: Family Tree Cadmus and Harmonia | | Agave Polydorus | | Pentheus Labdacus | | Oclasus Laius | Menoeceus | Creon and Jocasta
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Laius: Renewal of Family Curse Laius – visits court of Pelops, king of Elis Pelops asks Laius to train his son Chrysippus in racing chariots Laius falls in love with Chrysippus, kidnaps him, and rapes him Pelops’ curse on Laius: his son will kill his father and marry his mother; curse will last down to third generation Delphic oracle to Laius: confirms curse
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Birth of Oedipus Following the oracle, Laius stops sleeping with Jocasta (cf. Cronus and Zeus’ fears) Gets drunk one night Oedipus At birth, Laius gives the baby to a herdsman Herdsman pierces the baby’s feet, and hands him to another herdsman Oedipus – “swollen foot”/dipous – two- footed/ oida – to know Herdsman II gives baby to Polybus, king of Corinth
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Euphorbus with Baby Oedipus
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Oedipus’ Life prior to Kingship Finds out that he is adopted Goes to Delphi to find out his true parentage Oracle tells him that he is destined to kill his father and sleep with his mother Oedipus decides not to go back to Corinth On the way back from Delphi, meets Laius on a crossroads, driving a chariot Aetiological myth over origins of road rage!
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Oedipus becomes King Travels from Delphi to Thebes Thebes plagued by the Sphinx at the time Since Jocasta is widowed, Creon issues a proclamation offering the kingship and the queen’s hand to
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2010 for the course CC 303 taught by Professor Perlman during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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