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  • Pierce the baby's ankles, so that he won't be able to crawl
  • Yes, King Laius
  • Oedipus  was a king in Greek mythology, ruling over the city of  Thebes.
  • He was the son of King Laius and Queen Jocasta. Not knowing, he married his mother and had four children with her,  Polynices,  Eteocles,  Antigone, and  Ismene.
  • It all started when King  Laius  decided to consult the Oracle a  Delphi  to learn if he and his wife would ever have children. The prophecy given was that any son that was born out of their union would kill them. To avoid the prophecy, Laius  told his servants to pierce the baby's ankles, so that he won't be able to crawl. That's how the baby got the name  Oedipus, meaning swollen foot. 
  • Jocasta then gave the baby to one of their shepherds, telling him to leave the baby in the mountains to die. The shepherd, unable to do this, handed the baby over to another shepherd, who then brought it at the court of King Polybus and Queen Merope of  Corinth.
  • The royal   couple decided to adopt the poor baby and raise him as their own. When  Oedipus  grew up he was someone told him that Polybus and Merope were not his real parents.  He investigate this matter  Oedipus   ended up in  Delphi. Upon hearing this,  Oedipus  thought that the prophecy meant Polybus and Merope, and decided not to return to  Corinth. Instead he started walking towards the city of  Thebes.
  • On his way there, he came across King  Laius, his biological father, on a chariot, as he was on his way to the Oracle once again. Oedipus  and  Laius' charioteer started quarreling over who had the right of way. The quarrel ended up with  Oedipus  killing the charioteer and his father, thus unknowingly fulfilling the first half of his prophecy.
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