limps, because, as a baby he was left to die on Mount Cithaeron, with his
ankles skewered. His stick (sceptron) which helps him walk is also
the symbol of his authority.
now he's faced with a depressed-looking delegation of priests. They carry
branches wound with wool, a traditional sign that they have put themselves
in Oedipus' hands. Their gods cannot help them. He knows why they've come:
a terrible plague is devastating Thebes. Why do they believe that Oedipus