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Classics 210: Greek & Roman Classics in English 10/9 Sophocles’ Oedipus the King  Plague at Thebes: lack of fertility that has extended to all of the city (the animals, plants, and humankind)  Worried, the entire city gathers outside of the palace waiting for Oedipus (the king of Thebes, married to Jocasta) to save them all. He sends Creon (his brother-in-law) to Apollo’s temple to determine how Oedipus can rescue his city.  Creon’s message: they must drive out the problem from the city, which is ingrained. They must banish or kill the person that holds the city in the plague.  The Gods’ command that the man who murdered Laius (the previous King) must be killed (avenge death?)  All of Laius’ servants were murdered except one who fled in terror.  Tiresias (blind prophet) seems hesitant to tell Oedipus what he foresees. Foreshadows bad news for Oedipus. Line 320: “Let me go home. It will be easiest for us both to bear our several destinies to the end if you will follow my advice”  Oedipus continues to get angry with Tiresias for being secretive. Accuses him of betraying the citizens and destroying the city. Oedipus taunts him stating “Had you had eyes I would have said alone you murdered him” (Line 348-349)  Tiresias finally reluctantly admits that he knows of Oedipus’ true lineage (he
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