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Oedipus

in The Oxford Classical Dictionary

Fourth edition

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199545568
Published online December 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191735257
Oedipus

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son of Laius, the king of *Thebes (1) who killed his father and married his mother. The name appears to mean ‘with swollen foot’, but the reason for this is obscure, as the explanation given by ancient authors—that his feet were swollen because his ankles were pierced when he was exposed as a baby—looks like rationalizing invention....

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Subjects: Classical Studies

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