Transferred to the care of Polybus and Merope, the babe became to them as a son, for they were childless.
At that moment a messenger enters from Corinth with the tidings that Polybus is dead.
Polybus being childless adopted the boy, who grew up believing that he was indeed the King's son.
But him the grooms who attend the steeds of Polybus find and carry home, and placed him in the arms of their mistress.
So the child lived in the palace, and became a son to Polybus and Merope, and heir to the kingdom.
Polybus, the king, is dead, and Œdipus is proclaimed his successor.
To cheer him, the messenger now informs him that he is not the son of Merope and Polybus.
The memories of Polybus and Merope come upon him, then the years of unnatural wedlock.
But he was saved by a compassionate shepherd, and became the adopted son of Polybus, king of Corinth.
He was the reputed son of Polybus and Merope, rulers of Corinth.