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In the Greek play Oedipus the king a child is born to a king and queen against the wishes of the gods The gods had told the king and queen of thebes not to have children because they would be ill fated The king and queen had a taste for wine however and they conceived a child while indulged in the drink They soon took the child to an oracle to learn what its fate would be The oracle told them that child would grow up to kill his father and marry his mother The king quickly opted to have his son taken out to be left on a mountain side to die via one of his trusted herdsman The boys ankles were bolted together and he was taken from his kingdom The herdsman then took pity with the boy and left him to the care of another herdsman from a different kingdom There the boy was given to the king and queen of that place because they could not have children of their own The boy grew there to adulthood and lived a happy life The young prince went to visit an oracle to find out what was in store for him in life The oracle told the young man of how he would kill his father and marry his mother This disturbed Oedipus a great deal and he left his kingdom with a few of his men in order to get away from his parents While on the road the prince had a confrontation with a man who claimed to be of royalty They ended up coming to blows and Oedipus killed the man who happened to be the king of Thebes also known as the father of Oedipus He entered the kingdom of Thebes and solved a riddle of the sphinx saving the people of Thebes from a terrible plague and earning himself the thrown beside his wife and mother Jocasta Eventually
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