• Jocasta Shakespeare


@jocastaartoninsta is a good place to go to see everyday working output. Meanwhile, I was asked today the origin of my name. Of course Jocasta was the Greek Queen who was won by her son Oedipus when he solved the riddle of a Sphinx, which had laid waste to the land and its people. Plague only lifted when Oedipus solved the riddle, which was:

'What is the creature that walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon and three in the evening?'

The answer Oedipus gave was 'Man'. The sphinx was destroyed, plague lifted and the hero welcomed into Thebes to be given the greatest prize anyone could think of - the beautiful and powerful Queen Jocasta.

And they had a lovely time together until a Soothsayer arrived at the palace to inform them that she was his mother. Which was a terrible tragedy for everyone involved.

Myth and legend, plague and Catharsis.


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