Oedipus at Colonus, Fulchran Jean Harriet (French), 1798



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The ancient Greek writer Sophocles provided the well known version of this story. It goes something like this: the ancient mythical Greek king, Oedipus sealed his fate by unknowingly killing his father and marrying his mother. As a result he deliberately blinded himself and was exiled. In his Oedipus reprimands himself, while protecting his daughter Antigone. Oedipus became popular in France just after the French Revolution, since the subject addressed the returning exiles.

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