Oedipus and the Myths of Thebes

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Oedipus and the Myths of Thebes I. Introduction a. Thebes, Boeotia a.i. Bronze Age (3000-1100 BC) a.ii. Classical Age (6 th -4 th C BC) a.iii. Site of numerous myths and legends (cf. Mycenae) a.iv. Setting of numerous Athenian tragedies II. Cadmus and the Dragon a. Cadmus, son of Agenor a.i. Search for Europa b. Ismenian Spring b.i. Sacred to Ares b.ii. Water dragon III. Cadmus and the Dragon a. Cadmus slays the dragon a.i. Instructions of Athena a.i.1. Dragon’s teeth b. Cadmus and the warriors b.i. Five Survivors b.i.1. Sparti – (“Sown Men”) c. 8 years penance IV. Cadmus and Harmonia a. Harmonia a.i. Daughter of Ares and Aphrodite a.ii. Wedding (one of the two greatest weddings the Greeks have ever seen). Haphaestus gives a necklace to Harmonia along with a robe. b. Cursed b.i. Autonoe, Ino, Semele, Agave b.ii. Necklace of Harmonia b.iii. Abdication c. Illyria (Albania) c.i. Changed into a serpent (Elysian Fields) c.i.1. Variants c.i.1.a. Wish c.i.1.b. Prophecy V. Cadmus a. Impact of Cadmus a.i. Cadmeia (Theban Acropolis) a.ii. Writing (Phoenician scratching) VI. Amphion and Zethus a. Variant tradition b. Nycteus b.i. Antiope and Zeus b.i.1.
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