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February 15 th , 2008 Humanities week 6 lecture 3 The Oedipus story I. Introduction II. The Labdacids: A family Saga in Myth The Cadmean Family Tree o Kadmus leaves Lebanon looking for europa (sister) o Kadmus finds city of thebe, slays dragon takes take dragon teeth and plants them and it grows out men Cadmus Polydorus o Never becomes king of thebes Labdacus (“lame”) o He moves into the throne o Then he dies and a reagent comes into play Laius (“left”) o Reagent drives Laius off and is exiled o Lycus (Laius and Lycus: homosexuals) o Pelops and Chrysippus Pelops takes Laius in and he drives his son Lycus into suicide Pelops curses Laius, either have no children or be killed by your own son Oedipus and JOcasta o Eteocles, Polynices, Antgone, and Ismene With their death, the Cadmean family tree dies out Eteocles battles brother Polynices for power over thebes Antigone cares for his brother Polynices Ismene cares for her “dad’ Oedipus
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