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And what do you say is the right way?

I will tell you: for in truth, my friends, matters of this sort deserve a hearing.

Say on.

Oedipus, when he was dishonored (so our story runs), invoked upon his children curses1 which, as all men allege, were granted by Heaven and fulfilled; and we tell how Amyntor in his wrath cursed his son Phoenix,2 and Theseus cursed Hippolytus,3 and countless other parents cursed countless other sons, which curses of parents upon sons it is clearly proved that the gods grant;

1 Cp. Aesch. Seven 709 ff.; Soph. OC 1432 ff.

2 Cp. Hom. Il. 9.446 ff.: Phoenix, to avenge his neglected mother, seduced his father's mistress.

3 Cp. Plat. Laws 687e, Eur. Hipp. 884 ff. : Hippolytus was falsely charged with dishonoring his step-mother, Phaedra.

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    • Aeschylus, Seven Against Thebes, 709
    • Euripides, Hippolytus, 884
    • Plato, Laws, 687e
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 1432
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