from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology A king of Thebes who was mistakenly killed by his own son, Oedipus.

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  • n. (Greek mythology) king of Thebes who was unwittingly killed by his son Oedipus


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  • 1241: "Laius," she cried, and called her husband dead

    Oedipus the King

  • Alfaro's idea is that Jocasta is the wife of gangland kingpin Laius David Anzuelo, who orders the murder of the infant Oedipus after a seer prophesies the son's murder of the father.

    Theater review: 'Oedipus el Rey' at Woolly Mammoth

  • If there is more storyline than this, it is but secondary to the Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and Oedipus, Laius, and Jocasta myths that Malick has conflated concisely without their untidy cliches.

    G. Roger Denson: Terrence Malick's Tree of Life Plays Garden of Eden to the Family of Man

  • The protagonist of the tragedy is the son of King Laius and Queen Jocasta of Thebes.

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  • After Laius learns from an oracle that "he is doomed/To perish by the hand of his own son," he binds tightly together with a pin the feet of the infant Oedipus and orders Jocasta to kill the infant.

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  • This missed encounter might be thought of as a failure of Oedipus to meet up with Laius at the place where three roads meet, since the relation between cultural studies and philosophy is sometimes patricidal.

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  • Now, Oedipus has two mysteries to solve that seem frighteningly interwoven, that of the murderer of Laius and that of his own birth.

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  • He must know if King Laius was mugged and killed by a band of robbers or by a lone wanderer 47 - 49.

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  • It seems that Oedipus is again his own prime suspect in the murder of Laius, and something far, far worse.

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  • She requests that Oedipus desist in his pursuit to understand his birth and the murderer of Laius 55.

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