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  • A man
  • "What creature goes on four legs in the morning,  two legs in the afternoon, and three legs in the evening?'"
  • King Laios and Queen Jocasta of Thebes learned from an oracle that their newborn son would kill his father and marry his mother. 
  • In the course of his lonely wanderings , he encountered an arrogant old man who tried to run him off the road with his chariot. 
  • At the outskirts of the city, he encountered the Sphinx, a terrible monster with the wings of an eagle, the body of a lion, and the breast and face of a woman. 
  • Oedipus became king of Thebes, married Jocasta, and had four children with her: two sons, Polyneices and Eteocles; and two daughters, Antigone and Ismene. 
  • Oedipus learned that he was not the son of the king and queen of Corinth, but rather the son of Laios and Jocasta. When Oedipus and Jocasta discovered this horriable truth , she killed herself and he gouged out his eyes .
  • Creon then became king of Thebes and gave Eteocles, his alley, a hero's burial. 
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