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Jocasta

(jōkăs`tə): see OedipusOedipus
, in Greek legend, son of Laius, king of Thebes, and his wife, Jocasta. Laius had been warned by an oracle that he was fated to be killed by his own son; he therefore abandoned Oedipus on a mountainside.
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Jocasta

unknowingly marries her son, Oedipus. [Gk. Lit.: Oedipus Rex]
See: Incest

Jocasta

commits suicide when she realizes she has married son, Oedipus. [Gk. Lit.: Oedipus Rex]
See: Remorse
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Laius, after returning from his own exile, is killed while journeying outside the city, and Jocaste hangs herself.
True, his first play Aedipe of 1718 had rather overloaded the myth with the introduction of an extraneous love interest for Jocaste, but that was by now very stale news, and his subsequent tragedies are not particularly vulnerable to the same criticism--his first comedy arrived too late to be the object of Piron's satire.