The best known of classic Greek dramas, Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex is the first play of a three-part cycle concerning the tragic hero and his descendants. When Oedipus arrives at the plague-stricken city of Thebes, the citizens implore him to help. Oedipus explains that Creon has already consulted the oracle at Delphi, who had informed him the plague would be lifted when the murderer of King Laius is discovered. Oedipus asks the prophet Tiresias for help, and under pressure, Tiresias reveals that it was Oedipus who unknowingly killed Laius. Prior, a prophecy had decreed that the King Laius would be the father of his killer, and upon this knowledge, Laius had sent his son, Oedipus, to die. However, Oedipus ended up being fostered far from his original home, and not knowing the true identity of his father, Oedipus would have found it impossible to recognize his sire. The horror is compounded when it is also revealed that Oedipus has married his own mother, as per the rest of dire prophecy. In shame and despair, he blinds himself, and sets out in self-exile. Sophocles’ later plays portray the consequences of these events, which all make for a riveting read and an emotional viewing.