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(Οἰδίπους/Oidípous, Lat. Oedipus).

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A. Oedipus in myth and drama

O., son of King Laius [1] and Iocasta/Epicasta, is the central figure in the Theban myths [7; 16. 492ff.; 28]. The name O. has a meaning ('swollen foot') that can be interpreted in different ways [5; 10. 233ff.]. The myth explains the name with the motif of O.'s ankle, which was pierced at the time of his abandonment (Soph. OT 1032ff.; Eur. Phoen. 26f.; Apollod. 3,5,7: Exposure, myths and legends of). O.'s pa…

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Henrichs, Albert (Cambridge, MA), “Oedipus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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