The most ideal of Greek tragic poets. An Athenian, he was one of the generals in the Samian campaign, 440-439.
OEDIPUS COLONEUS 73. Edition of R. C. Jebb, Greek and English. The blind and stricken Oedipus, led to Athens in his wanderings, guided by his daughter Antigone, knows that he will die there, and the city which is to receive him kindly will be blest on his account.
Stranger. And what help can be from one who sees not?
Oedipus. In all that I speak there shall be sight.
OEDIPUS COLONEUS 253-4.
Oedipus. What good comes then of repute or fair fame, if it ends in idle breath; seeing that Athens, as men say, has the perfect fear of Heaven, and the power, above all cities, to shelter the vexed stranger, and the power above all to succour him?
OEDIPUS COLONEUS 498-9.
Oedipus. For I think that one soul suffices to pay this debt for ten thousand if it come with good will to the shrine.
OEDIPUS COLONEUS 565-8.
Theseus. Never then would I turn aside from a stranger such as thou art now, or refuse to aid in his deliverance; for well I know that I am a man, and that in the morrow my portion is no greater than thine.