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The Oedipus Trilogy

Sophocles

Summary and Analysis: <i>Oedipus the King</i> Lines 954-996

Summary

The chorus glorifies the gods and destiny, rejecting human pride.

Analysis

In the ode, the chorus reflects Oedipus' emerging belief that the prophecies may be correct and that the gods will tear down the proud. Note especially the nostalgic tone of the conclusion, when the chorus laments the erosion of respect for prophecy.

Glossary

Abae a place north of Thebes, where an oracle of Apollo presided.

Olympia a plain in ancient Elis, in the western Peloponnesus; also the location of a temple to Apollo and an oracle.