Traditional legitimacy is addressed in different avenues in Oedipus the king. Perhaps the most significant avenue is the underlying theme of divine intervention. The first indication of the Gods role in the play is the prophecy of the oracle, Oedipus fate was related to the oracle. Oedipus was well known of the ancient Greek believes that god can see the future and some people can access this information. Therefore, when a plague strike the city Oedipus act as traditional leader and sent Creon to Delphi-Apollo the prophet oracle to know what he can do to save the city. The Delphic oracle showed that the problem is because a religious pollution, the murder of the king Laius has been not caught yet. Oedipus believed that god is telling the truth therefore he sent for the blind prophet T...
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... chosen by divine forces to play their role they did. Socrates was accused of corrupting the youth which means that he has people who follow him. Also he has an ironic characteristic which made him does not care if they kill him or know. On the other hand Oedipus was the land avenger because he saved the city from the sphinx people believed in his power and they follow him as a saviour for the city.
In conclusion, traditional legitimation was shown in both Oedipus the king and Crito by believing in the divine intervention. Socrates persuades Crito that he should stay in prison and act justly towards the laws of his city by using different arguments like the social contract that he has with the Athenians and being outlaw and unwelcome in any other city. So both Socrates and Oedipus were trying to use reasons instead of traditional authority to justify their action.
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