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Oedipus & Ahknaton

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Velikovsky equated the 2800 year old mythological Greek king with Pharaoh Akhnaton of Egypt and in his book he shows us why. He constructs the story like a detective novel, putting pieces of clues together to form the whole puzzle and he makes an incredibly exciting job of it. He writes for the lay reader but he is far from condescening. His language is a joy to read. I ag ...more
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Joy
Mar 10, 2012 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a more speculative book, as Velikovsky says himself. He notes that the myth of Oedipus, today known from Greek authors, contains cultural elements that are not Greek. For example, the family is being punished because Oedipus's father chose a boy as lover. This was an accepted part of ancient Greek life, certainly not something to be punished by the Greek gods and fate for generations. Then there is the presence of a Sphinx, an Egyptian figure. This led him to look at the other Thebes, th ...more
George Kaposi
Sep 02, 2013 George Kaposi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although maligned for his theories regarding major astronomical events in historical memory, Velikovsky, a veritable polymath, seems more persuasive regarding his questioning of the accepted chronology of the ancient world, and especially ancient Egypt.

This book does not deal with difficult chronological issues but deals with the common themes running through stories of Oedipus and Akhnaton and builds a case the the 'myth' of Oedipus is actually based on historical events during Pharaoh Akhnaton
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Orgon Solo
Apr 03, 2015 Orgon Solo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was quite hesistant to pick up this book by the great author and scholar Velikovsky. IIts taking it too far Ithought. But as I read through the pages a whole other story unveiled itself. And me not being very knowledgeable in the study of pharaoes and egypt and all that jazz could after a while think that this is a very interesting perspective after all. I wonder if there are anyone who has picked up on the trail left here in this book?
Toni
Nov 19, 2011 Toni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Broadly speaking, Velikovsky argues that the Pharaonic house and family of Amenhotep III through Ay of the 18th Dynasty in New Kingdom Egypt provides the historical inspiration for the Greek myth of the Theban rulers from Laios through Kreon." So says the author of one of the web pages that examines Velikovsky's theory that the myth of Oedipus, who killed his father, answered the riddle of the sphinx, and married his mother is derived from an Eqyptian renegade pharaoh and his family. It was one ...more
Matt
Mar 05, 2009 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was a really interesting book. Velikovsky does some rather ocnvincing speculation that the Egyptian Pharoah Akenhaton (the one who went crazy and changed age old traditions of religion and art) was the real world inspiration for the Greek character Oedipus.

A worthwhile read (if you can find it!) if you have any interest in Greek Mythology, or Ancient Egyptian history. It's like ancient conspiracy theory!!
Rae
May 07, 2008 Rae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Velikovsky asks why the Oedipus legend has a sphinx outside the city of Thebes, when the sphinx is not a part of Greek mythology. He then attempts to connect the Greek legends with historical events in Egypt involving the pharaoh Akhnaton and his family. I was fascinated by this book and whether it is true or not is irrelevant because it makes you reexamine what you think you know about history.
Martijn Wieffering
Very possible,very interesting.
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Immanuel Velikovsky was a Russian-born American independent scholar, best known as the author of a number of controversial books reinterpreting the events of ancient history, in particular the US bestseller Worlds in Collision, published in 1950. Earlier, he played a role in the founding of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, and was a respected psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.

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