the plague of thebes, a historical epidemic in sophocles' oedipus rex.sophocles, one of the most noted playwrights of the ancient world, wrote the tragedy oedipus rex in the first half of the decade 430-420 bc. a lethal plague is described in this drama. we adopted a critical approach to oedipus rex in analyzing the literary description of the disease, unraveling its clinical features, and defining a possible underlying cause. our goals were to clarify whether the plague described in oedipus rex reflects an actual historical event; to compare it with the plague of ...201222261081
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