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A dramatic dialogue between Oedipus and the chorus takes place. They are terrified to find out that he is the son of Laius and want to expel him from their city, for fear he will curse it.
Oedipus explains he is not guilty for his crimes, as he killed his father in self-defense. Afterwards he asks to see their king, Theseus, explaining his believes, that he is a gift for the people in Colonus.

Ismene, the other daughter of Oedipus arrives on horse, bringing news about Thebes, where Eteocles and Polynices, their brothers, were fighting for the throne. But both sons are being told by an oracle, that the outcome of the conflict depends on where their father is buried. Creon's plan was to bury Oedipus at the border of Thebes, without respecting the proper ritual. This way the power that the oracle said, the grave will have, would remain for Thebes. Oedipus curses both of his sons for not treating him well.
The villagers ask Oedpus to perform some rites, specific to their tradition, but Ismene, his daughter goes to perform them, herself, while he remains with Antigone. It follows another powerful dialogue between Oedipus and the chore during which, Oedipus gives explanation about his incest and patricide. The chorus sympathizes with Oedipus, and offers him a burial site, which will ensure victory in a future conflict with Thebes.
Theseus protests, hearing about a possible conflict, saying that the two cities are friendly.
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