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Oedipus and the Sphinx

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The sphinx was a hybrid monster, part human, part lion, sometimes shown with eagle wings and a serpent’s tail. The story of Oedipus and the Sphinx is about a sphinx who blocked a mountain path to the city of Thebes and posed riddles to travelers. If they could answer, they could pass. If they couldn’t, they were torn to bits. Oedipus takes on the challenge.


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