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Polybus, King of Corinth


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(Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex). Does not appear in the opera. A messenger announces his death and then throws the fat in the fire: Polybus had been presumed to be the father of Oedipus, and Oedipus thus considered his rightful heir, but on his deathbed he admits that Oedipus, abandoned on a mountainside, although found and raised as Polybus)’ son, was in fact the son of Laius and Jocasta. See Oedipus.

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