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Oedipus former King of Thebes - Tragedy runs in the family Here is a quick re-cap of the tragic life of the former king An oracle prophesied to Laius the king of Thebes that he would be killed by his son and that his son would marry his mother Shocked by such a prophesy the king and queen left their first son to die on a mountain however the baby was found by a passing Shepard The poor infants feet were dreadfully pierced and tied together this is how he come with the Oedipus meaning deformity The Shepard taking pity on him took him to Corinth where he was adopted by King Polybus When he was grown Oedipus heard by chance that he was not Polybuss son and he went to confirm with an oracle The oracle did not answer his question but prophesied that he would kill his father and marry his mother Thinking the prophecy referred to his foster parents he decided not to return to Corinth Leaving Delphi where the oracle is he came upon a man at a crossroads with four attendants who tried to force him from his path The man none other than King Laius nudged him with his stick and Oedipus arrogant and quick to anger killed him and three of the attendants while the fourth escaped At the same time Thebes was having such problems with a Sphinx The Sphinx stood on a rock outside the gates and ate everyone who failed to solve her riddle What creature walks on four feet in the morning on two at noon and on three in the evening Oedipus solved the riddle and the Sphinx hurled herself to her death on the rocks below Oedipus was welcomed as a savior and was offered the vacant throne He became king and married the queen who unknown to him was his mother The ill-fated city of Thebes was again stricken now
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