Laios (page 490, with art)

Chapter 14: Thebes

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New York, Metropolitan Museum, 11.213.2: Attic red figure lekythos by the Meidias Painter with Aphrodite, Eros, Chrysippos and Pompe

Aphrodite, Eros and Chrysippos (all named)

Unnamed woman and Aphrodite

Chrysippos and Pompe (named)

Metropolitan Museum

Beazley Archive Pottery Database

Digital LIMC

Berlin, Antikensammlung, 1968.12: Apulian red-figure bell krater with Laios’ abduction of Chrysippos, and Chrysippos’ father Pelops 


Digital LIMC

Rome, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali (formerly Malibu, J. Paul Getty Museum 77.AE.14): Apulian red-figure volute krater with abduction of Chrysippos by Laios, and Chrysippos’ father Pelops 

Beazley Archive Pottery Database

Digital LIMC (no photos)

Rome, Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia 13199: Praenestine cista (Barberini cista) with abduction of Chrysippos by Laios

A. della Seta, Museo di Villa Giulia 1 (1918), pl. 60

Digital LIMC (with photos)

Od 11.271-73 – Homer, Odyssey

And I saw the mother of Oedipodes, fair Epicaste, who wrought a monstrous deed in ignorance of mind, in that she wedded her own son, and he, when he had slain his own father, wedded her. Greek Text

FGrH 3F95 Pherekydes Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker 1, p. 86, ed. F. Jacoby. 2d ed. Leiden 1957.

Greek Text

Hepta 742-49 – Aischylos, Hepta (Seven Against Thebes)

Indeed I speak of the ancient transgression, now swift in its retribution. It remains even into the third generation, ever since Laius—in defiance of Apollo who, at his Pythian oracle at the earth’s center, said three times that the king would save his city if he died without offspring. Greek Text

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Artistic sources edited by R. Ross Holloway, Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor Emeritus, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown Univ., and Frances Van Keuren, Prof. Emerita, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Univ. of Georgia, August 2020

Literary sources edited by Elena Bianchelli, Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, March 2020


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