The notion of intra-family sex has inspired—and revolted—onlookers from Oedipus to Deliverance.
Probably John Gielgud's during the dress rehearsal of Peter Brook's production of Seneca's Oedipus at the Vic.
Sulla celebrated the festival for the victory in Thebes at the fountain of Oedipus, where he erected a stage.
Oedipus and Amyntor and Theseus cursed their children, and their curses took effect.
There is no carefully interwoven plot such as tragedy presents, for example in Oedipus Rex.
Many and many an Oedipus arrives; he has the whole mystery teeming in his brain.
Many and many an Oedipus arrives: he has the whole mystery teeming in his brain.
The Agamemnon, the Oedipus, the Bacchae are not to be explained wholly by them.
Jocasta died, and Oedipus took the doom upon himself, and left Thebes.
He had fortunately, at that time, just finished his Oedipus at Colonos.
son of Laius and Jocasta, the king and queen of Thebes, Greek, literally "swollen-foot," from oidan "to swell" (from PIE *oid-; see edema) + pous (genitive podos) "foot" (see foot (n.)). Oedipus complex (1910) coined by Freud. In Latin, figurative references to Oedipus generally referred to solving riddles. Oedipus effect (1957) is Karl Popper's term for "the self-fulfilling nature of prophecies or predictions."
In classical mythology, a tragic king who unknowingly killed his father and married his mother. The Delphic oracle predicted that King Laius of Thebes, a city in Greece, would be killed by his own son. To save himself, Laius ordered his newborn son placed on a mountaintop and left to starve. The infant was rescued by a shepherd and raised in a distant city, where he was given the name Oedipus. Years later, King Laius was killed while on a journey by a stranger with whom he quarreled. Oedipus arrived at Thebes shortly thereafter and saved the city from the ravages of the Sphinx. He was proclaimed king in Laius' stead, and he took the dead king's widow, Jocasta, as his own wife.
After several years a terrible plague struck Thebes. The Delphic oracle told Oedipus that to end the plague, he must find and punish the murderer of King Laius. In the course of his investigation, Oedipus discovered that he himself was the killer and that Laius had been his real father. He had therefore murdered his father and married his mother, Jocasta. In his despair at this discovery, Oedipus blinded himself.
Note: The story of Oedipus is the subject of the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles.
Note: The Oedipus complex, identified by the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, takes its name from the story of Oedipus.