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
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
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