Thebes, with its new Cadmean
alphabet and its (let us say, Egyptian) rival, of the same `name', with its `redundant' hieroglyphs.
It is by design, indeed, that Valerius passes over many other incidents of the voyage--for example, the war with the Scythians, Jason's love affair with Medea, his battle with the fire-breathing bulls and with the warriors sown from the Cadmean
Oedipus at Colonus represents the culmination of Sophocles' handling of the Cadmean
legend, which he had treated earlier in Antigone and Oedipus Tyrannus.
What is particularly interesting about the Cadmean
myth is that, despite Cadmus's introducing writing into Greece, in the myth neither he nor Harmonia seems to be indicated so much for overt presumption to godhood as for their connection to their children and grandchildren, all of whom have fared badly indeed, representing a family disaster not unlike that of Job's.
Press, 1987); Cadmean
Letters: The Transmission of the Alphabet to the Aegean and Further West before 1400 B.