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1st Edition

By Lowell Edmunds


200 pages

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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

Routledge is pleased to present an exciting series, Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World. These figures from antiquity are embedded in our culture, many functioning as the source of creative inspiration for poets, novelists, artists, composers and filmmakers. Concerned with their multifaceted aspects within the world of ancient paganism and how and why these figures continue to fascinate, the books provide a route into understanding Greek and Roman polytheism in the 21st century.

These concise and comprehensive guides provide a thorough understanding of each figure, offering the latest in critical research from the leading scholars in the field in an accessible and approachable form, making them ideal for undergraduates in Classics and related disciplines.

Each volume includes illustrations, time charts, family trees and maps where appropriate.

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Subject Categories

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