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"OEDIPUS AND AKHNATON" AND THE USE OF EVIDENCE
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