Oedipus
(9,697 words)

(Οἰδίπους; Latin Oedipus)

A. Antiquity: Canonization of the myth; sources and variants

The myth of O. is one of the most influential stories of antiquity [19]; [20]; [8]. At its heart is a double, unwittingly committed breach of taboo: murder of the father and marriage to the mother. These two acts form a narrative core that has given rise to constant new interpretation. The material actually belongs to the cycl…

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Huhn, Helmut and Vöhler, Martin, “Oedipus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps4_e828990>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111



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