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Reading up for my recent post about the archaic notion of justice, I was reminded of an excellent article also by E.R. Dodds, called “On Misunderstanding the Oedipus Rex.” A professor gave it to me when I read the play with him several years ago, and upon reading it again today I was reminded what a valuable part of the Sophoclean bibliography it is. It is brief, only thirteen pages, but points to the major ways the play was misread (by his students) when the article was written in 1966. The article remains a valuable insight into the character of Oedipus, the author Sophocles, and the play itself. I recommend it to all readers of the play as an accessible introduction to thinking about “justice” in the play.
Dodds, E.R. “On Misunderstanding the Oedipus Rex.” Greece & Rome, 2nd Ser., Vol. 13, No. 1. (Apr., 1966): 37-49.