riddle of the Sphinx

Greek - A question posed by the Sphinx to all travellers. 'What moves on four legs when young, two when mature and three when old' was the gist of the question and those who failed to answer correctly paid with their lives. Oedipus got it right when he gave the answer 'man' who crawls on all-fours as a baby, walks upright later and is supported by a stick in old age. In some accounts, called riddle of the Sphinx, Sphinx, Sphinx, Phix, sphinx, Strangler, The, The Strangler or Riddle of the Sphinx.

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