Oeipus (pronounced /ˈɛdəpəs/ in American English or /ˈiːdəpəs/ in British English; Greek: Οἰδίπους Oidípous meaning "swollen-footed") was a mythical Greek king of Thebes. He fulfilled a prophecy that said he would kill his father and marry his mother, and thus brought disaster on his city and family. This legend has been retold in many versions, and was used by Sigmund Freud to name the Oedipus complex.

Trivia about oedipus

  • Martha Graham's "Night Journey" tells the tragic tale of Jocasta & this "complex" man, her mate
  • Sophocles' first play about this Theban king marked the summit of formal Greek drama
  • Stravinsky enlisted the help of Cocteau for a Libretto based on Sophocles' play about this Theban king
  • The name of this "complex" king is Greek for "swollen foot"
  • As prophesied, this king of Thebes killed his father & married his own mother
  • Sophocles ended the story of this king "at Colonus", a village where Sophocles himself lived
  • When this man solved the Sphinx's riddle, she threw herself over a cliff
  • In despair over murdering his father & marrying his mother, he blinds himself & goes into exile
  • Sophocles wrote 2 plays about this title king who "wrecks" his life by marrying his mother
  • It's pretty "complex" how he managed to kill his father, solve the Sphinx' riddle & marry his mother
  • His father Laius was killed by this man
  • In mythology, the riddle of the Sphinx stumped everybody except this future king of Thebes
  • (Jimmy of the Clue Crew reports from in front of the Sphinx.) Created as a royal image, the Sphinx was was associated by the Greeks with a monster who riddles this tragic king