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There is an extensive Enotes summary of Sophocles' Oedipus the King shown in the reference links below. The play is often known by its Greek title, Oedipus Tyrannos and even more frequently by the Latin title Oedipus Rex , although "rex" (king) is actually not an accurate translation as a...

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There is an extensive Enotes summary of Sophocles' Oedipus the King shown in the reference links below. The play is often known by its Greek title, Oedipus Tyrannos and even more frequently by the Latin title Oedipus Rex, although "rex" (king) is actually not an accurate translation as a "tyrannos" or tyrant was a absolute ruler who came to power by popular acclaim and a king (Greek: basileus) was a hereditary monarch.

In the play, a plague has descended upon Thebes, and Oedipus, the ruler who has married the widowed queen Jocasta, searches for its cause. He gradually discovers that he was sent away from home as a baby and adopted by the king and queen of Corinth. His father was King Laius, the old man he killed by accident at the crossroads, and Jocasta was his mother. Jocasta kills herself and Oedipus blinds himself and abdicates in favor of Creon, leaving Thebes with his children.

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