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By Susanna Braund

Oedipus, king of Thebes, is likely one of the colossal figures of historical mythology. during the centuries, his tale has encouraged works of epic poetry, lyric poetry, tragedy, opera, a gospel musical and extra. the parable has been famously deployed in psychology via Sigmund Freud. it could possibly now not be too daring to assert that Oedipus is the identify from Greco-Roman mythology most sensible recognized past the academy this day, due to Freud's recognized word 'the Oedipus complex'. the main well-known model of the Oedipus delusion from antiquity is the Greek play via Sophocles. yet there's one other model, the Latin drama through the Roman thinker and flesh presser Seneca.

Seneca's model is a completely varied therapy from that of Sophocles and displays issues distinct to the writer and his Roman viewers within the first century advert. in addition, the play really exercised a far better impression on eu literature and concept than has frequently been suspected. This booklet bargains a compact and incisive learn of the multi-faceted Oedipus delusion, of Seneca as dramatist, of the particular features of Seneca's play and of crucial facets of the reception of the play in eu drama and tradition. The scope of the publication levels chronologically from Homer's remedy of Oedipus fable within the Odyssey right down to a twenty-first century Senecan therapy via a Lebanese Canadian dramatist. No wisdom of Latin or different overseas languages is required.

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