A terrible beast, a Sphinx, has been terrifying the city.
A raging volcano has sent rivers of lava through the streets.
A plague has descended upon the entire city; death and decay is everywhere.
Gigantic swarms of locusts have descended upon the city.
They blame him for the problems and want him to leave.
They want him to rid Thebes of the problems and restore the city.
They want him to make a sacrifice to Zeus to appease the gods.
They want him to offer his youngest daughter to the fiery volcano.
He is Oedipus's brother and second in command in Thebes.
He is Oedipus's eldest son.
He is Jocasta's, Oedipus's wife's brother.
He is a priest at the temple in Delphi.
That Tiresias is really his father
That the oracles are always right.
That Creon killed Laius.
That there is no truth in prophecy.
He is Oedipus's eldest son.
He is Creon's brother.
He is Jocasta's first husband.
He is a prophet.
They were too busy trying to defeat the Sphinx that was terrifying Thebes.
They thought they already knew the truth.
Jocasta told the people that she was distraught enough without learning more.
Everyone who tried to learn the truth ended up dead.
Oedipus will give a handsome reward of gold.
He says no harm will come to anyone who comes forward.
He will give a formal pardon for the treason of withholding information.
Oedipus makes no promises; he demands that anyone with information come forward.
They gave the crown to Oedipus so soon after the king's death.
They showed no respect for the king because they held no funeral rite in his honor.
No statue was erected in King Laius's memory.
If the oracle had not commanded it, they would have ignored their king's murderer.
Although Tiresias knows the answer; it is better that no one else ever learns the truth.
The king was never murdered at all; he is still alive in another land.
He claims that Jocasta murdered her husband.
He claims that he does not know because Apollo has kept the name from him.
Oedipus has accused him of treason.
King Laius was never given a proper burial.
Jocasta believes that he is plotting against her husband.
Tiresias has foretold an evil omen for Creon.
He claims that Laius's body was never returned to Thebes, so he could not have give Laius a proper burial.
He says that he would never do anything to cause his sister, Jocasta, any pain.
Why would he want the stress of being king when he already enjoys the same perks?
He claims that Tiresias is a liar, and that his fate is his own; no evil awaits him.
She had been told that she would marry her own son, but she'd killed the child.
Her husband had been told that his own son would kill him, but he was killed by bandits at a crossroad.
The rains never come exactly when they are predicted to.
The gods create "fate" at their whim; the prophets cannot foresee the gods' intentions.
He wants to go to the spot and search for clues to the murder.
He remembers an altercation he once had in the same location.
He is angry that a king would dies in such an undignified manner.
He wants to erect a monument at the place in Laius's memory.
He hanged himself as soon as he returned.
He became the leader of the new king's sentries.
He begged Jocasta to send him as far as possible.
He was executed for failure to protect the king.
An oracle told him that he would kill his father and marry his mother.
He had killed a man.
He was wrongly accused of treason by King Polybus.
He wanted to go out and explore the world.
The King of Corinth is preparing to make war on Thebes.
A warrant has been issued for Oedipus's arrest for treason.
Oedipus's father wishes for his son to pay a visit.
The King of Corinth is dead, and Oedipus is to be crowned King.
He is fearful of being charged with treason against the Corinthian crown.
He is filled with relief.
He prepares for war with Corinth.
He prepares to visit his father.
He was killed by his son.
He was murdered by his wife.
He died of old age.
His death is shrouded in mystery.
King Polybus's murderer has already been caught.
Oedipus was born to a servant of the King of Corinth, not to the Queen of Corinth.
The messenger is really King Laius who had been hiding from Creon for years.
King Polybus was not Oedipus's natural father.
Polybus is his father; it is natural that he would raise his son.
Polybus found the abandoned infant, Oedipus in the forest while out hunting.
The messenger had been given an infant found in the mountains and he, in turn, gave the child to the king and queen.
Although the illegitimate son of a servant girl, Polybus took the infant in when the girl died.
The messenger from Corinth
The shepherd is his true father.
Jocasta has been unfaithful and his children are really the shepherd's children.
The prophecy was right; he killed his father (Laius) and married his mother (Jocasta).
The Queen of Corinth, his mother, had an affair with Laius, and Laius is his true father.