Oedipus

Greek - King of Thebes. Son of Laius and Jocasta. Father of Antigone, Eteocles, Ismene, Polyneices. The infant Oedipus was abandoned on Mount Cithaeron by his father who pierced his feet with nails and was raised by Polybus, king of Corinth. In other accounts, the child was cast adrift in a chest. In either event, he survived and in later life he met his real father without knowing who he was and he killed both his father and his charioteer, Polyphontes, when they tried to run Oedipus down with their chariot. In some versions, Laius had four attendants with him and Oedipus killed all five. He correctly answered the riddle of the Sphinx who thereupon killed herself and he was made king of Thebes by the citizens grateful for the removal of that monster. He married Jocasta not knowing that she was his real mother and they had four children, Antigone, Eteocles, Ismene and Polyneices. When Teiresias revealed what had happened, Oedipus blinded himself and wandered thereafter throughout the length and breadth of Greece accompanied by his faithful daughter Antigone. He was finally killed by the Furies at Colonos and buried by Theseus. In some accounts, Oedipus had a second wife, Astymedusa or Euryganeia, the mother of his four children. In some accounts, known as Oedipus, Oidipous, Oidipous, Three Theban Plays, Three Theban Plays, Oidipodes, Oidipodes, Javanese Watu, Javanese Watu, Gunung or Gunung.

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