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Oedipus in Greek mythologywas the king of Thebesand the son of Laius and Jocastawho were king and queen of Thebes Laius was warned by an oracle that he would be killed by his own son His father wanting to protect himself pierced and bound together the feet of his newborn child and left him to die on a lonely mountain The infant was rescued by a shepherd however and given to Polybus king of Corinth who named the child Oedipus which means Swollen foot and raised him as his own son Oedipus did not know that he was adopted and when an oracle proclaimed that he would kill his father he left Corinth In the course of his life he met and killed Laius believing that the king and his followers were a band of robbers and without knowing fulfilled the prophecy However lonely and homeless Oedipus arrived at Thebes which was by a dreadfull monster called the Sphinx The frightening creature frequented the roads to the city killing and devouring all travelers who could not answer the riddle that she put to them What walks on four legs in the morning on two legs at noon and on three legs in the evening The answer was a human being who in infancy crawls on all fours in adulthood walks upright on two legs and in old age uses a cane When Oedipus solved her riddle the Sphinx then killed herself Believing that King Laius had been slain by unknown robbers and grateful to Oedipus for ridding them of the Sphinx the Thebans rewarded Oedipus by making him their king and giving him Queen Jocasta as his wife For many years the couple lived
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