This is the sequence of events in the lives of Oedipus and his family. It is in the order in which the... Show More
Oedipus was born a prince, son of Laius and Jocasta.
Jocasta, hearing the prophecy that her baby would kill her husband, ordered a shepherd to kill Oedipus.
The baby, with his feet pinned together, is given by the shepherd to a second shepherd in Corinth. Oedipus is adopted by Polybus and his wife Merope, making Oedipus the prince of Corinth.
Hearing a rumor that he was adopted, Oedipus leaves his home.
Oedipus travels to the Oracle at Delphi, who tells him that he will murder his own father, and sleep with his mother. He decides to never return to Corinth.
Oedipus, travelling, meets up with a gang of other travelers. They get into a fight, and Oedipus kills Laius without knowing who he is.
Oedipus arrives in Thebes, solves the riddle of the Sphinx, and is made their king. He marries Jocasta, Laius' widow.
There is a new plague in Thebes. Oedipus, the king, who is married to Jocasta and has four children, sends Creon (Jocasta's brother) to the oracle for information.
In the new prophecy, the Oracle has told Creon that the plague in Thebes will not end until the killer of Laius is solved, and the murderer cursed and driven out of the city-state.
Oedipus sends for Tiresias, a prophet, who says that Oedipus is the murderer. He also says that the murderer of Laius is both father and brother of his own children, and son of his own wife.