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Oedipus and the Sphinx

Oedipus was the son of Laius and Jocasta who were the king and queen of Thebes.  One day when Laius went to the oracle it warned him that his son would be his downfall, that he was to be murdered by him.  Lauis in fear and without thinking ordered that his son be slain.  However, his son was hidden and was found by peasants who raised him as their own child.  

Growing up as a young man Oedipus was completely unaware of who he in fact was! Walking on the road one day he met his biological father and became engrossed in a very heated argument with him.  Soon Oedipus and his father began to fight and the prophesy came to fruition as Oedipus struck and killed his father. 

At this time the city of  Thebes was plagued by the horrible Sphinx.  The Sphinx would routinely ask the passerby's a riddle and whoever could not answer it would be snatched up and eaten by the beast, see  The Riddle of the Sphinx

Oedipus then went before the Sphinx and asked it to tell him the riddle, upon telling him Oedipus responded with the correct answer to the riddle.  The Sphinx was horrified that its' riddle had been finally answered and threw itself on the surrounding rocks bringing an end to its' horrible existence.

The people of Thebes were overjoyed that they finally had been freed of the curse of the Sphinx.  To honor Oedipus's accomplishment  Oedipus was made king of Thebes, and he took as his wife the former queen Jacosta. 

The prophesy was now complete as it had foretold that Oedipus would not only kill his father but would also marry his mother!  When Oedipus finally learned what he had done to his father and mother he became insane, plucking out his eyes, wandering pointlessly across the countryside of Thebes until his death. 


Other Greek Myths:

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  Other Myths:

  • Persephone The beautiful daughter of Demeter, and how she became queen of the underworld.
  • The Naming of Athens Read about the contest of two gods of Olympus for the naming of the city of Athens.
  • Echo and Narcissus The story of the Nymph Echo, and unreturned love.
  • Thesseus and the Minotaur How Thesseus became a great hero by removing the curse of the Minotaur.
  • King Midas and the Golden Touch King Midas and how all the riches of the world could not satisfy him, until his greediness became his curse.
  • Medusa the Gorgon Who was Medusa and her Gorgon sisters? Why were they so hideous? This is their story.
  • Pandora This is the little girl that the ancient Greeks believed released the plagues on our world.  How did she do it, and why?
  • Athena and Arachne Our favorite! How the spider was created out of a disrespectful pupil!
  • The Flight of Icarus King Minos ruled the land and the sea how could Deadalus escape with his son?  Through the air! 
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