Oedipus Rex or Oedipus the King

why was the baby given to the shepherd? can you give me soures?


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Jocasta reveals that an oracle once came to Laius and told him that he would be killed by his son, though she too reiterates that Laius “was killed by foreign highway robbers / at a place where three roads meet” (715-6). She tells Oedipus that, three days after his birth, Laius pierced the ankles of the child and had him cast forth “upon a pathless hillside” He was then taken by the shepherd. (720).