Queen Jocasta of Thebes was told that her son would grow up to kill his father and marry his mother. She sent him to be killed but he was rescued and given to the king of Corinth. Years later, Oedipus heard of this prophecy, and thinking that the Corinthian royal family was his real family, he left Corinth and journeyed to Thebes. On the way he argued with and killed a man on the road. Upon reaching Thebes he found it plagued by the Spinx who he destroyed using his ability to solve puzzles. He then marries the newly widowed Queen Jocasta.