Theban Cycle

The Theban Cycle



IG 14.1292 ii 11 = Tabula Iliaca K (Borgiae) p. 61 Sadurska

τ]ὴν Οἰδιπόδειαν τὴν ὑπὸ Κιναίθωνος τοῦ [Λακεδαιμονίου λεγομένην πεποιῆσθαι παραλιπόν]τες, ἐπῶν οὖσαν Ϝχ΄, ὑποθήσομεν Θηβαΐδα [

[Λακεδαιμονίου - παραλιπόν]τες e.g. suppl. Wilamowitz.


1 Paus. 9.5.10–11

παῖδας δὲ ἐξ αὐτῆς οὐ δοκῶ οἱ γενέσθαι, μάρτυρι Ὁμήρωι χρώμενος, ὃς ἐποίησεν ἐν Ὀδυσσείαι (11.271–274)· “μητέρα τ᾿ Οἰδιπόδαο ἴδον, καλὴν Ἐπικάστην, | ἣ μέγα ἔργον ἔρεξεν ἀϊδρείηισι νόοιο | γημαμένη ὧι υἱεῖ· ὃ δ᾿ ὃν πατέρ᾿ ἐξεναρίξας | γῆμεν· ἄφαρ δ᾿ ἀνάπυστα θεοὶ θέσαν ἀνθρώποισιν.” πῶς οὖν ἐποίησαν ἀνάπυστα ἄφαρ, εἰ δὴ τέσσαρες ἐκ τῆς Ἐπικάστης ἐγένοντο παῖδες τῶι Οἰδίποδι; ἐξ Εὐρυγανείας <δὲ> τῆς Ὑπέρφαντος ἐγεγόνεσαν·



The Theban Cycle



Borgia plaque

. . . passing over t]he Oedipodea, which [they say was composed] by Cinaethon the [Lacedaemonian] in 6,600 verses, we will put down the Thebaid [ . . .


1 Pausanias, Description of Greece

That he had children by his mother, I do not believe; witness Homer, who wrote in the Odyssey, “And I saw Oedipus’ mother, fair Epicaste, who unwittingly did a terrible thing in marrying her own son, who had killed his father; and the gods soon made it known among people.” How did they soon make it known, if Oedipus had four children by Epicaste? No, they had been born from Euryganea, the daughter of Hyperphas.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.greek_epic_fragments_theban_cycle_oedipodea.2003