Oedipus and the Sphinx

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Oedipus encountering the Sphinx, a creature with the head of a human and the body of a lion, which was in the habit of posing a riddle to travellers, then devouring them when they could not answer. "What has one voice, and walks on four feet, then on two feet, and lastly on three?" she asked. When Oedipus gave the correct answer – man – the Sphinx killed herself, and the grateful Thebans made Oedipus king as a reward. Original artwork for illustration on p17 of Look and Learn issue no 946 (8 March 1980).

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