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Creon started off as the King and Ruler of Thebes. He is very powerful because he is the brother of Oedipus wife.
The sphinx in Oedipus and the king was half woman and half horse with wings. She went around the city of Thebes giving people riddles. The people who could not solve the riddle she killed them. Oedipus ended up solving the riddle and she ended up killing herself allowing Oedipus to pass by.
After solving the riddle from the Sphinx Oedipus he earns his respect and wins the throne not knowing he married his mother, Jocasta. He didn't believe the Oracle of Delphi but everything was true.
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