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How did Oedipus become king?

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lilmomma22 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 22, 2007 at 5:49 AM via web

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How did Oedipus become king?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted September 22, 2007 at 5:55 AM (Answer #1)

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When the Sphinx posed the riddle, "What is it that walks on four
feet and two feet and three feet and has only one voice.
When it walks on most feet it is the weakest?". Oedipus correctly said "Man" and became King of Thebes.

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brendawm | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted September 22, 2007 at 1:23 PM (Answer #2)

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In addition to solving the Sphinx's riddle, he also married Jocasta, which further guaranteed his place as king.

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