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Who was Polybus in Oedipus Rex?

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In the myth of Oedipus, Polybus, king of Corinth, is the adoptive father of Oedipus, who took him in after he was left on a hill to die by his biological father, Laius, king of Thebes.

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Also, who is Laius in Oedipus Rex?

Laius, Son of Labdacus, is the King of Thebes. He is married to Jocasta. Laius and Jocasta have a son, but because of the curse, Laius lives in fear that his own son will slay him. Oedipus is the son of Laius and Jocasta.

Furthermore, what is the other name of Apollo used in Oedipus Rex? The other name of Apollo in Oedipus Rex by Sophocles is Phoebus, which translates to "bright." This makes sense because Apollo is the sun

Similarly, it is asked, which character reveal to Oedipus that Polybus was not his father?

The Messenger from Corinth arrives to tell Oedipus that his father, Polybus, is dead, and that the people of Corinth wish Oedipus to be their new king. He also reveals to Oedipus, however, that Polybus and Meropé are not his real parents.

WHO adopted Oedipus Rex?

Polybus

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