World Literature to 1660-Oedipus
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Adolescent Literature Final | SAMPLE EXAMS, I and III for FALL 2001 THEATER | SAMPLE EXAM III on the RENAISSANCE | Adolescent Literature Midterm Questions | TEST QUESTIONS, EXAM ONE, WORLD LIT TO 1660 | Midsummer's Night's Dream | Paintings and Literature II | Literature of the Western World to 1660 (ENG 2003) | Introduction to Theater--delivered through the Internet (HMN 2703) | Composition I via the Internet (ENG 1003) | Composition I | Technical Composition II (1013T) | Composition II | Photo Album Page | World Literature since 1660-Keats' "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" | World Literature to 1660-Lysistrata | World Literature to 1660-Oedipus | Mailbag | World Literature to 1660-Homer's THE ODYSSEY | Contact Me | Underconstruction. | Literature of the Western World since 1660 (ENG 2013)

Sophocles is the world's greatest tragedian and has had the most lasting impact on western culture. His Oedipus trilogy influences art, literature, and psychology.


Oedipus destroyed the sphinx when he answered the question "What walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and three legs in the evening." The answer: man.
The sphinx threw herself to her death and Oedipus entered Thebes triumphant. There he was given Jocasta, Queen of Thebes, as his reward for ridding the city of the sphinx. And that's where the problems begin. (artist: Gustave Moreau, painting courtesy of