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Oedipus at Colonus What's Up With the Title?

By Sophocles

What's Up With the Title?

Well, it’s pretty straight forward, really. Oedipus at Colonus is about Oedipus at Colonus, the place that the god Apollo prophesied he would finally get a break and have a nice rest after all of his wandering. The title lets people know that our tragic hero is back for a sequel, and the playgoers who know the myth that Oedipus died at Colonus will know from the title that the play is about the end of the protagonist’s life.