Oedipus and the Riddle of the Sphinx

Oedipus and the Riddle of the Sphinx
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  • A long time ago in Ancient Greece, a sphinx held the city of Thebes under siege. Only those who could solve her riddle, would set the city free.
  • What goes on four feet in the morning, two feet at noon, and three feet in the evening?
  • Thankfully, Oedipus was very smart and knew the answer.
  • Man.
  • A man is a baby in the morning of his life, and he crawls on four feet. A man is an adult in the noon – the middle part – of his life, and he walks on two feet. But when a man is old, in the evening of his life, he walks with a cane, on three feet.
  • The sphinx was furious but left Thebes. And Oedipus, the hero, was made King of Thebes.
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