What are examples of Greek culture in Sophocles's Oedipus the King?

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Certainly, we see the ancient Greeks's belief in the existence of mythical monsters with the treatment of the sphinx, whose riddle Oedipus solved prior to the beginning of Oedipus Rex. When he answered the sphinx's riddle—"what walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon, and three legs at night?"—he freed Thebes from the "fell songstress," who killed herself. The answer is "a man": he walks on all four as a baby, two legs as a grown man, and two legs plus a can as an old man. Knowledge of such creatures was a part of Greek culture.

We also see the ancient Greeks believe in prophecy and fate. Oedipus tries not to fulfill his fate, as decreed by Apollo's oracle, and the action he takes to avoid it actually permits it to come to fruition. He decides not to return to his home in Corinth because he does not want the prophecy to come true, but his pride in believing that he can avoid fate leads him to Thebes, where his natural parents reside(d). This kind of pride, hubris ,...

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