Oedipus from Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

    Oedipus from Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

    Classical Greek -Men

    Oedipus: (sc.2)

    I will tell you all that happened there, my lady.
    There were three highways
    Coming together at a place I passed;
    And there a herald came towards me, and a chariot
    Drawn by horses, with a man such as you describe
    Seated in it. The groom leading the horses
    Forced me off the road at his lord’s command;
    But as this charioteer lurched over towards me
    I struck him in my rage. The old man saw me
    And brought his double goad down upon my head
    As I came abreast. He was paid back, and more!
    Swinging my club in this right hand I knocked him
    Out of his car, and he rolled on the ground.
    I killed him…..I killed them all.
    Now if that stranger and Laius were–kin,
    Where is a man more miserable than I?
    More hated by the gods? Citizen and alien alike
    Must never shelter me or speak to me—
    I must be shunned by all. And I myself
    Pronounced this malediction upon myself!
    Think of it: I have touched you with these hands,
    These hands that killed your husband. What defilement!
    Am I evil, then? It must be so,
    Since I must flee from Thebes, yet never again
    See my own countrymen, my own country,
    For fear of joining my mother in marriage
    And killing Polybus, my father. Ah,
    If I was created so, born to this fate,
    Who could deny the savagery of God?
    O holy majesty of heavenly powers!
    May I never see that day! Never!
    Rather let me vanish from the race of men
    Than know the abomination destined me!