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n. Greek Mythology
A king of Thebes who was mistakenly killed by his own son, Oedipus.
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(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a king of Thebes, killed by his son Oedipus, who did not know of their relationship
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(ˈleɪ əs, ˈleɪ i əs)

a legendary king of Thebes, the husband of Jocasta and father of Oedipus.
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Noun1.Laius - (Greek mythology) king of Thebes who was unwittingly killed by his son Oedipus
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
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Everything irrational should, if possible, be excluded; or, at all events, it should lie outside the action of the play (as, in the Oedipus, the hero's ignorance as to the manner of Laius' death); not within the drama,--as in the Electra, the messenger's account of the Pythian games; or, as in the Mysians, the man who has come from Tegea to Mysia and is still speechless.
THESEUS Oft had I heard of thee in times gone by-- The bloody mutilation of thine eyes-- And therefore know thee, son of Laius. All that I lately gathered on the way Made my conjecture doubly sure; and now Thy garb and that marred visage prove to me That thou art he.
But you by special summons I convened As my most trusted councilors; first, because I knew you loyal to Laius of old; Again, when Oedipus restored our State, Both while he ruled and when his rule was o'er, Ye still were constant to the royal line.
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The people believe Oedipus to be an outsider, not descended from Laius or from the house of Cadmus, the founder of Thebes, and thus his appropriate title is [phrase omitted], turannos ("tyrannus" in Latin), one who rules but not through descent.
Acknowledging the problem posed by the play to psychoanalytical readings that centre on the agonistic relation between father and son, Marino creatively reads Macbeth through the more marginalized Laius complex, positing a tragedy psychologically dominated by the destruction of child heirs.
Lehe pikkus on tervematel odaotstel 6-20 cm ja laius 2,2-4,2 cm, kusjuures koige laiema lehega odaots on uhtlasi ka pikim.
In a supernatural causal system, fate may determine the structure of events: there is nothing plausible about Oedipus just happening to run into Laius on the road as he is fleeing Corinth so as not to kill his father--to say nothing of the fact that he marries a woman old enough to be his mother after he had learned that his fate was to marry his mother.
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Delphi may be fulfilled and that he is therefore the murderer of Laius.
I have vivid memories related to Leida Laius, the prominent female director, writer and actress, who was one of the leading Baltic women filmmakers.