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By Lowell Edmunds

© 2007 – Routledge

200 pages

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About the Book

An indispensable guide to the myth of Oedipus this book is the first to analyze its long and varied history from ancient times to the modern day, and presented with an authoritative survey that considers Oedipus in art and music as well as in literature.

Lowell Edmunds accepts this variation as the driving force in its longevity and popularity. Refraining from seeking for an original form of the myth, Edmunds relates the changes in content in the myth to changes in meaning, eschewing the notion that one particular version can be set as standard.


'a good contribution to the series… presented very attractively' - The Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"Well-presented overview of this intriguing figure, whose popularity in the ancient world in both myth and cult is matched by his enduring afterlife in later literature and art. Edmunds’s clear style makes this book a good read for wider audiences, while it will also hold specialists’ interest." -Oxford Bibliographies Online

Table of Contents

Why Oedipus? Introducing Oedipus. Key Themes 1. Oedipus before Tragedy: Cults and Theban Epic 2. Oedipus in Fifth-Century Tragedy 3. Oedipus in Rome and the Latin Middle Ages 4. Oedipus in the Twentieth Century Oedipus Afterwards Conclusion: Oedipus in Crisis or Still King? Genealogical Table. Further Reading. Works Cited. Illustrations. Index

About the Series

Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

The gods and heroes of classical antiquity are part of our culture, functioning as sources of creative inspiration for poets, novelists, artists, composers, filmmakers and designers alike. This series is concerned with how and why these figures continue to fascinate and intrigue. But it has another aim too, namely to explore their strangeness. The familiarity of the gods and heroes risks obscuring a vital difference between modern meanings and ancient functions and purpose.  

The diversity of the Gods and Heroes is recognised and the series consists not of biographies of each god or hero but of investigations into their multifaceted aspects within the complex world of ancient paganism. Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World sheds new light on many of the most important religious beings of classical antiquity and provides a route into understanding Greek and Roman polytheism in the twenty-first century.  

The series is geared to the needs of students in a wide range of fields from Greek and Roman religion and mythology, classical literature and anthropology, to Renaissance literature and cultural studies. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General
LITERARY CRITICISM / Ancient & Classical
RELIGION / Antiquities & Archaeology