Abstract

In many discussions of tragedy, the names Loxias and Phoebus are generally ignored because it is assumed that metrical demands are influencing name choice. In this article, we begin by taking the semantics of each name seriously and examine the context in which each is used in four tragedies dealing with the Oedipus story: Aeschylus’ Seven, Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus and Oedipus Coloneus, and Euripides’ Phoenissae. The results of this analysis suggest that these two appellations were part of a naming convention with dramatic significance for the audience and its understanding of the characters and their actions at various moments in the plays.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3168
Print ISSN
0002-9475
Pages
pp. 1-27
Launched on MUSE
2014-04-01
Open Access
No
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