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[ley-uh s, ley-ee-uh s] /ˈleɪ əs, ˈleɪ i əs/
noun, Classical Mythology.
a king of Thebes, the husband of Jocasta and father of Oedipus: unwittingly killed by Oedipus. Unabridged
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  • For he it was who said that Laius, the king who is dead, should be slain by the hand of his own son.

    Children of the Dawn Elsie Finnimore Buckley
  • It answered that the land must be purified from the blood of Laius.

  • So he reigned in the room of Laius, and espoused the widowed queen.

  • At his birth an oracle foretold that the father Laius would be killed by his son.

    Women of Achievement Benjamin Brawley
  • On his journey he met Laius and slew him in the course of an altercation.

    Women of Achievement Benjamin Brawley
  • He had him from a shepherd, a servant of Laius, the very man whom Oedipus had summoned.

    Authors of Greece T. W. Lumb
  • This was Laius, king of Thebes, who was journeying thus far from his native city to consult the oracle of Delphi.

  • Accordingly Laius gave his son, who was only a baby, to a certain herdsman, with instructions to put him to death.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew Josephine Preston Peabody
  • But Laius was too gentle to harm a babe, and so ordered a servant to carry the child out of the town and put him to death.

    The Story of the Greeks

    H. A. Guerber
  • Thus the crime of Laius is want of self-restraint in the first instance, contempt of God in the second, and cruelty in the third.

British Dictionary definitions for Laius


(Greek myth) a king of Thebes, killed by his son Oedipus, who did not know of their relationship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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