- a Corinthian king who was the foster father of Oedipus.
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Polybus, the king, is dead, and Œdipus is proclaimed his successor.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol I of 2)
John Addington Symonds
He was the reputed son of Polybus and Merope, rulers of Corinth.
At that moment a messenger enters from Corinth with the tidings that Polybus is dead.
But him the grooms who attend the steeds of Polybus find and carry home, and placed him in the arms of their mistress.
Transferred to the care of Polybus and Merope, the babe became to them as a son, for they were childless.Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete