Oedipus the King (Ancient Greek: Οἰδίπους Τύραννος, Oidipous Tyrannos), also known by the Latin title Oedipus Rex, is an Athenian tragedy by Sophocles that was first performed c. 429 BCE. It was the second of Sophocles's three Theban plays to be produced, but it comes first in the internal chronology, followed by Oedipus at Colonus and then Antigone. Oedipus Rex chronicles the story of Oedipus, a man who becomes the king of Thebes who was destined from birth to murder his father Laius and marry his mother Jocasta.
Written by Sophocles. Chorus by Theban Elders. Characters : Oedipus, Priest, Creon, Tiresias, Jocasta, Messenger, Shepherd, Second Messenger.
Mute Daughters of Oedipus (Antigone and Ismene). Date premiered : c. 429 BCE. Place premiered : Theatre of Dionysus, Athens. Original language : Classical Greek. Series : Theban Plays. Genre : tragedy. Setting : Thebes.