King Laios and Queen Jocasta of Thebes learned from an Oracle that their newborn son was going to kill his father and marry his mother.
They hired a Shepherd to kill their son, but the Shepherd couldn't do it so he handed him off to someone who can care for it.
The shepherd handed off the baby to the childless king and queen of Corinth. So he grew up and found out about the Oracle's prophecy. He had ran away.
On Oedipus journey he encountered an arrogant old man who tried to run him off the road, they fought shortly after that and Oedipus didn't know it was his real father, so he killed him.
When he arrived to Thebes he was unknown to. The people welcomed him as their savior, because King Laios had been killed. Oedipus was offered the throne, and the widowed queen (not knowing it was his real mother). They married, and had four children. Two sons and two daughters.
The Oracle warned the plague wouldn't end until the killer of King Liaos. When he learned the truth about himself, and Jocasta found out she killed herself and Oedipus gourged out his eyes for punishment of being blind to the truth.
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