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1. The West knows no figure, transmitted from Greek antiquity, more important, and susceptible of being read in religious history as a prism, than Oedipus. In him, an era's respective religious and nonreligious images of the human being fail. Sophocles's tragedy “Oedipus Rex,” as presented in a framework of the annual dramatic contest in honor of Dionysus, in Athens about 430 BCE, portrays Oe…

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Stingelin, Martin, “Oedipus”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 18 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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