Iconography
LITERATURE
Ancient
StatiusThebaid CyclesLondon, British Library, Burney MS 257 (Paris, first quarter 15th century)
StatiusThebaid Book II: Laius's shadow instructs Eteocles not to yield the throne to Polyneices, Polyneices and Tydeus marry Adrastus's daughters, Polyneices sends Tydeus to Thebes to claim the throne for himvv. 94-119: Laius appears to Eteocles in the guise of Tiresias, admonishes him not to yield the throne to Polyneices, as had been agreed, after the year was over
Further details
According to Statius, Laius appears to the sleeping Eteocles first in the guise of Tiresias, then in his own appearance - perhaps, the artist misunderstood the first part of the dream by showing Eteocles (awake, and with beard) talking to Tiresias next to the appearance of Laius to the sleeping king
ARTIST/CREATOR
Paris
DATE
1st quarter 15th century possibly c1405
LOCATION
London, British Library → Burney 257, fol. 22r
TEXT/BOOK/DOCUMENT (SOURCE OF PHOTO)
Statius (Publius Papinius Statius)Thebaid
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