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Oedipus at Colonos

 

After having met his tragic destiny, Oedipus and his daughter Antigone reached the hamlet of Colonus, near the city of Athens. Oedipus hears of the rivalry between his sons, Eteokles and Polynikes and finds out that each want the remains of his dead body to secure their aims for the throne.

He curses them to be killed by each other and arranges with King Theseus of Athens to be allowed to reach the sacred ground. There, far away from the mortal eyes, his life is taken by the gods and his body vanishes forever without a trace.