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Oedipus the King Dramatis Personae OEDIPUS: king of Thebes PRIEST: the high priest of Thebes CREON: Oedipus’ brother-in-law CHORUS of Theban elders TEIRESIAS: an old blind prophet BOY: attendant on Teiresias JOCASTA: wife of Oedipus, sister of Creon MESSENGER: an old man SERVANT: an old shepherd SECOND MESSENGER: a servant of Oedipus ANTIGONE: daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, a child ISMENE: daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, a child SERVANTS and ATTENDANTS on Oedipus and Jocasta [The action takes place in Thebes in front of the royal palace. The   main doors are directly facing the audience. There are altars beside  the doors. A crowd of citizens carrying branches decorated with  laurel garlands and wool and led by the PRIEST has gathered in  front of the altars, with some people sitting on the altar steps.  OEDIPUS enters through the palace doors] OEDIPUS       My children, latest generation born from Cadmus,       why are you sitting here with wreathed sticks       in supplication to me, while the city       fills with incense, chants, and cries of pain? *       Children, it would not be appropriate for me       to learn of this from any other source,       so I have come in person—I, Oedipus,       whose fame all men acknowledge. But you there,       old man, tell me—you seem to be the one
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      who ought to speak for those assembled here.                           10         [10]       What feeling brings you to me—fear or desire?       You can be confident that I will help.       I shall assist you willingly in every way.       I would be a hard-hearted man indeed,       if I did not pity suppliants like these. PRIEST       Oedipus, ruler of my native land,       you see how people here of every age       are crouching down around your altars,       some fledglings barely strong enough to fly       and others bent by age, with priests as well—                            20       for I’m priest of Zeus—and these ones here,       the pick of all our youth. The other groups       sit in the market place with suppliant sticks       or else in front of Pallas’ two  shrines,                                                   [20]       or where Ismenus prophesies with fire. *       For our city, as you yourself can see,       is badly shaken—she cannot raise her head       above the depths of so much surging death.
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