Oidipous (page 492, with art)

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Aischylos, Laios Fr 122 R – Tragicorum Graecorum Fragmenta Vol. 3, p. 231, ed. S. L. Radt. Göttingen 1985.

to expose [a child] in a pot (Transl. Elena Bianchelli)  Greek Text: χυτριζειν

 OT 717-19 Sophokles, Oidipous Tyrannos

And the child’s birth was not yet three days past, when Laius pinned his ankles together and had him thrown, by others’ hands, on a remote mountain. Greek Text

OT 1171-76 – Sophokles, Oidipous Tyrannos

You must know then, that it was said to be his own child. But your lady within could say best how these matters lie.

How? Did she give it to you?

Yes, my lord.

For what purpose?

That I should do away with it. Greek Text

Σ Pho 26 – Scholia to Euripides, Phoinissai (Phoinician Women) Scholia in Euripidem, 1, pp. 251-52, ed. E. Schwartz. Berlin 1887.

Greek Text

Paris, Musée du Louvre MNC 660: Hellenistic relief bowl; in right scene, basket and Periboia holding Oidipous, led by Hermes (named) towards female seated on dolphin (personification of Korinth?); in left scene, seated Polybos holding Oidipous (named) and Periboia (named)

F. Courby, Les vases grecs à relief (1922), p. 308 fig. 58

Digital LIMC

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Fab 66 – Hyginus, Fabulae

LAIUS: The oracle of Apollo warned Laius, son of Labdacus, that he should beware of death at his son’s hands, and so when his wife Jocasta bore a son, he ordered him to be exposed. Periboea, wife of King Polybus, found the child as she was washing garments at the shore, and rescued him. With Polybus’ consent, since they were childless, they brought him up as their son, and because he had pierced feet they named him Oidipus. Latin Text

Fab 67 – Hyginus, Fabulae

But Periboea revealed his adoption, and Menoetes, too, the old man who had exposed him, recognized him as the son of Laius by the scars on his feet and ankles. Latin Text

Σ Od 11.271 – Scholia to Homer, OdysseyScholia Graeca in Homeri Odysseam, vol. 2, pp. 495-96 ed. W. Dindorf. Oxford 1855.

Greek Text

Σ Pho 60 – Scholia to Euripides, Phoinissai (Phoinician Women) Scholia in Euripidem, 1 p. 258, ed. E. Schwartz. Berlin 1887.

Greek Text

Paris, Cabinet des Médailles 372: Attic red-figure neck-amphora by Achilleus Painter, with Euphorbos and infant Oidipous (both named)

A. Furtwaengler and K. Reichhold, Griechische Vasenmalerei: Auswahl hervorragender Vasenbilder (Serie III, 1932), pl. 167.1.


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Artistic sources edited by 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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