June 2016

Another Sophoclean Curse: Oedipus Rex

June 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

Awhile back we looked at a confession curse found in Sophocles’ play Antigone. Such a curse likely drew off a common cursing culture which existed back when the play was written in the 5th century BCE. Antigone was not the only play in which Sophocles included curses, we also find one at the beginning of his play Oedipus Tyrannos (aka Oedipus Rex). Many of you are likely familiar with the story of Oedipus, but for those who aren’t, here’s what you need to know: Oedipus’ father Laius, Read the full post...