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François- Xavier Fabre's 1806 painting depicting Oedipus and the Sphinx.

The backstory

08/01/2021 - 05:50

WHEN 5th century BC audiences watched Oedipus Rex, they were already familiar with the backstory of this popular Greek myth. For contemporary audiences, it would help to be familiar with it too.

Oedipus was born to King Laius and Queen Jocasta of Thebes. However, an oracle tells the royal

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