oedipus rex n : (greek mythology) a tragic king of thebes who unknowingly killed his father laius and married his mother jocasta; the subject of the drama `oedipus rex' by sophocles [syn: oedipus, king oedipus, oedipus rex]
Oedipus the King ( IPA: [oidípuːs týranːos], Oidipous Tyrannos), also known by its Latin title Oedipus Rex, is an Athenian tragedy by Sophocles that was first performed about 429 BC. Of his three Theban Plays that deal with Oedipus, Oedipus the King was the second to be written. However, in terms of the chronology of events that the plays describe, it comes first, followed by Oedipus at Colonus and then Antigone.
Noun 1. (Greek mythology) a tragic king of Thebes who unknowingly killed his father Laius and married his mother Jocasta; the subject of the drama `Oedipus Rex' by Sophocles (synonym) Oedipus, King Oedipus (hypernym) mythical being (classification) Greek mythology