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Maxwell, H. (1982). Oedipus: Another Angle. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 9:163-166.

(1982). International Review of Psycho-Analysis, 9:163-166

Oedipus: Another Angle

Harold Maxwell


It is suggested that Voltaire's drama of Sémiramis, the legendary Queen of Babylon, highlights a characteristic of human nature, wherein the spouse would be destroyed, and replaced by a 'pure and chaste' offspring.

This (collusive) response of the parent to the child's 'offer' suggests a ubiquitous phenomenon analogous to the Oedipus complex.

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