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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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unknowingly marries her son, Oedipus. [Gk. Lit.: Oedipus Rex]
commits suicide when she realizes she has married son, Oedipus. [Gk. Lit.: Oedipus Rex]
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