Oedipus Rex Timeline

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In History
  • -600 BCE

    Oedipus is born

    Oedipus is born
    Oedipus was born a prince, son of Laius and Jocasta.
  • -599 BCE

    Prophecy and banishment

    Prophecy and banishment
    When Jocasta hears the prophecy (that her baby would kill her husband) she ordered a shepherd to kill Oedipus.
  • -598 BCE

    Adoption

    Adoption
    The baby, has his feet pinned together. Is given by the shepherd to a second shepherd in Corinth. Oedipus is adopted by Polybus and his wife Merope. This makes Oedipus the prince of Corinth.
  • -580 BCE

    Oedipus leaves Corinth

    Oedipus leaves Corinth
    When he hears a rumor he was adopted he (Oedipus) leaves his home.
  • -579 BCE

    Oedipus hears the prophecy

    Oedipus hears the prophecy
    Oedipus goes to the Oracle at Delphi, who tells him that he will murder his own father, and sleep with his mother. This is when he decides to not return to Corinth.
  • -578 BCE

    Oedipus kills Laius

    Oedipus kills Laius
    When Oedipus is traveling he meets up with a gang of other travelers. When they get into a fight Oedipus kills Laius (without knowing who he is).
  • -577 BCE

    The riddle of the Sphinx

    The riddle of the Sphinx
    When Oedipus arrives in Thebes he solves the riddle of the Sphinx. He is made their king because of this. He marries Jocasta.
  • -560 BCE

    New plague in Thebes

    New plague in Thebes
    There is a new plague in Thebes. Oedipus, sends Creon (Jocasta's brother) to the oracle for information.
  • -559 BCE

    Oracle gives new prophecy

    Oracle gives new prophecy
    The new prophecy (the Oracle) has told Creon that the plague in Thebes will not end until the killer of Laius is caught. He is also told that the murderer must be cursed and driven out of the city.
  • -558 BCE

    Tiresias

    Tiresias
    Oedipus asks for Tiresias, a prophet, who says that Oedipus is the murderer. He also reviles the prophet (the first one).
  • -557 BCE

    Suspicion of the truth

    Suspicion of the truth
    Jocasta, Oedipus's wife, tells the story of her first husband (Laius) and how he was killed at a three-way crossroads by a band of thieves. Oedipus tells of how, at the same time, he was harassed at the same crossroads and killed a man in self-defense. They send for the only survivor of the attack on Laius to find out the truth.
  • -556 BCE

    A message from Corinth

    A message from Corinth
    Jocasta gets a message (from Corinth) that Oedipus's "father" Polybus has died. It also says that the city wants their prince to return to rule. Jocasta and Oedipus are happy that he has not killed his father and that the prophecies are wrong.
  • -555 BCE

    Oedipus is told he is adopted

    Oedipus is told he is adopted
    A messenger tells Oedipus that he doesn't have to worry about the second part of the prophecy (which says he will sleep with his mother). This is because Merope is not his real mother and he was adopted as a baby. In fact, the messenger is the shepherd who was given the baby by a servant of Laius.
  • -554 BCE

    The truth emerges

    The truth emerges
    Oedipus sends for the original shepherd, who tells him that Jocasta was the mother of the baby. He tells him that she had ordered him killed because of the prophecy (that he would kill his parents). The shepherd took pity on the baby and gave it to the Corinthian shepherd.
  • -553 BCE

    A tragic ending

    A tragic ending
    Oedipus realized that he truly did kill his father and marry his mother, so he runs back into the Palace, where he finds Jocasta dead (having hanged herself when she realized what she had done). When Oedipus sees this he tears the pins off her dress and uses them to gouge out his own eyes. He begs Creon (Jocasta's brother) to look after his daughters and to send him away. Creon takes over as the king.
  • -534 BCE

    News of Thebes

    News of Thebes
    One of Oedipus's daughters (Ismene) comes from Apollo's oracle at Delphi. She learned that her brother Eteocles (younger son) has overthrown Polynices and is ruling Thebes with Creon. (Polynices is now in Argos amassing troops for an attack on Thebes.) She also says that the city of Oedipus's eventual burial will be good luck for the city, so Polynices and Creon are coming to get Oedipus so he can die in Thebes.
  • -532 BCE

    Creon's attempt at kidnapping

    Creon's attempt at kidnapping
    Creon comes to the grove to kidnap Oedipus, but fails, and kidnaps Antigone and Ismene instead. Theseus goes after and rescues the girls.
  • -531 BCE

    Polynices arrives

    Polynices arrives
    Polynices comes to ask for his father's support. Oedipus curses both of his sons and says they will kill each other. Polynices asks his sisters to bury him ( if he dies in the battle).
  • -529 BCE

    Oedipus' Death

    Oedipus' Death
    Oedipus decides that it is his time to die. He asks Theseus to take him away and perform a burial rite.Only Theseus will know where Oedipus is buried (and will only tell his heirs so that Athens will be safely ruled forever).
  • -528 BCE

    Polynices and Eteocles death

    Polynices and Eteocles death
    Polynices attackes Thebes and he and Eteocles both have died (killing each other). Creon rewards the body of Eteocles (who helped him overthrow Polynices) by giving his body a hero's burial. However, he refuses to allow anyone to bury Polynices. He believes the cultures should eat him.