Oedipus

Oedipus

by Lowell Edmunds
     
 

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The story of Oedipus, the most meaning-laden of myths, has traveled down through history in many guises and forms. Can any one version claim to be definitive? Lowell Edmunds' authoritative survey takes variation as the force driving the myth's longevity and popularity. Refraining from seeking for an original form, Edmunds relates the changes in content to changes in… See more details below

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The story of Oedipus, the most meaning-laden of myths, has traveled down through history in many guises and forms. Can any one version claim to be definitive? Lowell Edmunds' authoritative survey takes variation as the force driving the myth's longevity and popularity. Refraining from seeking for an original form, Edmunds relates the changes in content to changes in meaning, eschewing the notion that one particular version of the myth can be set as standard.

Oedipus traverses the long history of the myth, from the earliest pre-tragic Oedipus through fifth-century tragedy, Rome and the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, to Oedipus in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In illustrating this long history the book shows a certain continuity but also a discontinuity followed by a recovery. The agent of continuity is the Roman Seneca, whose Oedipus looked back to Greek models, had some currency in the Middle Ages, found many Renaissance imitators, and still sometimes reappears, as in Ted Hughes' adaptation (1969). But the European Middle Ages, Edmunds shows, mark a striking discontinuity in the tradition: for about a millennium, the Oedipus of Greek tragedy is practically forgotten, not to be rediscovered until the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Sophocles' Oedipus the King is thereafter destined to become the common text of the Oedipus myth. Oedipus does what no other volume has done before. It analyzes the long and varied history of the myth from ancient times to the modern day and the broad sweep media in which it has been represented. Lowell Edmunds' Oedipus is truly an indispensable guide to the myth of Oedipus.

About the Author:
LowellEdmunds is Professor of Classics at Rutgers University and an eminent author and researcher

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'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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780203391358
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Publication date:
10/13/2006
Series:
Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
200
File size:
1 MB

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