Classical Studies 2200 Study Guide - Final Guide: Pentheus, Unification Church, Phallus

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The citizens gather outside the palace of their king, Oedipus replies that he already sent his brother-in- law, creon, to the oracle at delphi to learn how to help the city. Creon returns with a message from the oracle: the plague will end when the murderer of laius, former king of. Thebes, is caught and expelled; the murderer is within the city. Oedipus questions creon about the murder of laius, who was killed by thieves on his way to consult an oracle. Only one of his fellow travelers escaped alive. Laius"s death, vowing to curse and drive out the murderer. Oedipus sends for tiresias, the blind prophet, and asks him what he knows about the murder. Tiresias responds cryptically, lamenting his ability to see the truth when the truth brings nothing but pain. At first he refuses to tell oedipus what he knows. Oedipus curses and insults the old man, going so far as to accuse him of the murder.