The messenger from Corinth informs Oedipus that King Polybus and Queen Merope of Corinth were not his actual parents. The messenger himself gave Oedipus as a baby to the Corinthian king and queen. He got the baby from a Theban shepherd whom he met in the woods. Oedipus's ankles were pinned together at the time—in Greek, the name "Oedipus" means "swollen ankles."
A Messenger Quotes in Oedipus Rex
The Oedipus Rex quotes below are all either spoken by A Messenger or refer to A Messenger. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of Oedipus Rex published in 1982.).
A Messenger Character Timeline in Oedipus Rex
The timeline below shows where the character A Messenger appears in Oedipus Rex. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Jocasta enters and makes an offering to Apollo to appease Oedipus's mind. Just then, a messenger—an old man—arrives from Corinth, with news that the people there want to make Oedipus their... (full context)