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 "OEDIPUS AND AKHNATON" AND THE USE OF EVIDENCE
IN "WORLDS IN COLLISION"

In the Fall, 1972, issue of Pensée (p. 32), Cyrus Gordon concluded his review of Oedipus and Akhnaton with the remark that "Velikovsky has illumi­nated the very essence of the most interesting period of Egyptian history.  In doing so he has forged a firm link between the Nile and Greece, making a basic contribution to Mediterranean Stu­dies.  At the same time he has thrown welcome light on Freud's thought and influence.  But most of all he opens the eyes of his readers to a deeper under­standing of the world and of themselves."

It would appear that yet another and perhaps even more significant point can be elicited from Oedipus and Akhnaton, namely that in establishing a factual basis for mythic drama within a highly speci­fic context, Velikovsky has not only illuminated the historical tragedy of the Egyptian royal house but has presented de facto a defense of Worlds in Collision.   For, in demonstrating the historicity of the Oedipus story, Velikovsky offers proof that historical facts can become legends and that the latter, when care­fully examined, can again reveal the former.

Lewis M. Greenberg

PENSEE Journal V

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