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Oedipus – Despite all efforts, a tragic figure


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According to several ancient Greek writers, Oedipus (Greek Oidipous: “swollen foot”) is the mythical son of Laius and king of Thebes.

In taking steps to avoid a prophecy that he would kill his father and marry his mother, Oedipus unwittingly did so.

The Austrian psychologist Sigmund Freud named one of his most important ideas after the tragic story of Oedipus—the Oedipus Complex.

The tale of Oedipus exemplifies the Greek belief in hubris.

J.F. del Giorgio, author of The Oldest Europeans (2006), adds that

It is also a dramatic example of the change of institutions in Greece. In matrilineal tribes, the son of the king was not supposed to succeed him, as that would mean to marry his own mother, as it happened with Oedipus.¹

If this entry seems a bit perfunctory, it is. I just thoroughly revised the related The Oedipus Complex and frankly, have run on of steam on this topic. Check out my revision!


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Yoko Ono – An even darker horse than George?

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Yoko Ono (1933 – ) was born into an aristocratic Japanese family and is an artist, activist and musician. She is also the ex-wife of slain Beatle John Lennon.

In a film made before his death Lennon recounts being impressed with one of Ono’s abstract art exhibits. After climbing up a ladder to the top of the installation, he saw the simple printed word “yes.”

Ono is often present in later Beatles recording studio photos, appearing calm and contemplative, almost like she’s the Buddha of the Beatles. But not all the Beatles felt that way.

Unfairly blamed by the press as the main cause of the Beatles‘ breakup, Ono made several albums after Lennon’s untimely death.

Interestingly, Wikipedia tells us that

Julian [Lennon] was left out of his father’s will, and he battled Ono in court for years, settling in 1996 for an unspecified amount which the papers reported was “believed to” be in the area of £20 million, which Julian has denied.¹

Ono and Julian Lennon’s relationship, however, reportedly has improved. And Ono promoted Lennon’s 2010 photo exhibit at her website.

John Lennon apparently once said Ono is “the world’s most famous unknown artist: everybody knows her name, but nobody knows what she does.”² More recently, her art continues to be displayed in major galleries around the world.