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What is the setting of Oedipus Rex? 

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Oedipus Rex is set in the ancient Greek city-state of Thebes. Or, to be more precise, it's set in front of the Theban royal palace. Ancient Greek playwrights were sticklers for the three unities of time, subject, and place, and Sophocles was no different. That being the case, the setting doesn't change throughout the play. Despite this, much of the important action takes away from the palace exterior. For instance, we never actually see Oedipus gouge his own eyes out; he does it off-stage. Such acts of violence and bloodshed were traditionally presented as occurring off-stage in ancient Greek drama, largely due to practical...

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