The Riddle of the Sphinx

The Riddle of the Sphinx
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  • King Laius, your son will kill you and marry your wife once he is a man.
  • King Laius decides to visit The Oracle of Delphi, and gets some terrible news.
  • When his son is born, King Laius binds his son and leaves him on a mountain to die.
  • King Polybus and his wife Queen Merope took in Oedipus and raised him as their own. Later on in his life, he was told by the Oracle of Delphi about his fate.
  • When Oedipus left Delphi after hearing about his fate, he encountered his father and his charioteer. They had a quarrel and Oedipus ended up killing his father and the charioteer, fulfilling half of the prophecy.
  • what walks on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon, and three at night?
  • Once Oedipus reached Thebes, he discovered a monster who had been plaguing the kingdom, the sphinx. He had to answer her question to enter the kingdom.
  • man, who crawls on all fours as a baby; he walks on two legs as an adult; and needs a walking stick when old.
  • After the Sphinx died, he was promised to marry Laius' wife, Jocasta by his uncle who temporarily took the king's spot.
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