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A 5th century BCE mural depicting Oedipous and the Sphinx

Oedipous was a king of Thebes in Greek mythology. The son of King Laios, Oedipous ended up inadvertently killing his own father and marrying his own mother, Jocasta, a fate that had been foretold at his birth by the Oracle of Delphi.

Oedipous also met the Sphinx, and answered correctly her riddle.

Influence and legacy

The story of Oedipous and his life lived on long after his death. During the 5th century BCE a region in Boeotia containing the city of Thebes was named after Oedipous as Cursed Land of Oedipous, believed to have been his homeland.[1]

During the 1st century BCE, the son of a prostitute Vesta and her client Akakios was named Oidipous.[2]




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