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1 Geographic Significance Oedipus Rex Eric Helmold

2 Impact of Geography Geographic circumstances shape play events Facilitate plot progression Setting Approximate date 430 B.C. Ancient Greece

3 Geographic Background Troy

4 Birth of Oedipus Son born to Laïos and Iokastê at Thebes Laïos seeks future of his son Oedipus’ prophesy is given Thebes

5 Abandonment Laïos gives son to shepherd Left to die at Mount Cithaeron Significance of Mountains to Greeks Thebes Mount Cithaeron

6 Prince of Corinth Shepherd gives child to Corinthian shepherd Adopted by Polybos and Meropê Thebes Mount Cithaeron Corinth

7 Journey to Delphi Oedipus questions ancestry, Oracle at Delphi “Yet the suspicion remained aching in my mind” (1108) Fumes of the Earth Thebes Mount Cithaeron Corinth Delphi

8 Return to Thebes Hears prophesy, decides to not return Travels to Thebes, crossroads incident “Phokis […] where the Theban Way divides […] toward Delphi and Daulia” Backcountry Thebes Mount Cithaeron Corinth Delphi Daulia

9 Conclusion Oedipus leaves Thebes, wanders to Athens By Google Earth Total Distance: 153 mi Geography allows for event feasibility Sophocles uses geography to move plot Thebes Corinth Delphi Daulia Athens

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