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Jocasta

  • By: Rustem Ertug Altinay
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Jocasta, also known as Jocaste or Epikasté, is a character in Greek mythology. Daughter of Menoeceus of Thebes and sister of Creon and Hipponome, she marries King Laius and becomes the Queen of Thebes, Greece. Before their first child is born, her husband consults an oracle, which divines that their son is destined to kill his father. Hence, when they have their first child, a boy, Laius pierces the feet of the baby and gives him to a herdsman to kill him outside of the city. (In some versions of the myth, Laius abandons the baby outside the city, and the herdsman finds him by chance.)

The herdsman takes him to King Polybus of Corinth, and the childless couple names the boy Oedipus and raises him ...

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