The answer to the sphinx riddle is a simple one indeed.
According to Greek mythology the Sphinx sat outside of Thebes and asked this riddle to all travelers who passed by. If the traveler failed to solve the riddle then the Sphinx would kill them. If the traveler answered the riddle correctly, then the Sphinx would destroy herself.
Which creature walks on four legs in the morning two legs in the afternoon and three legs in the evening?
Man walks on 4 legs in the morning (crawling as a baby), 2 legs in the afternoon (walking upright throughout most of life), and 3 legs in the evening (using a cane in old age).
Legend has it…
Oedipus was the first person to answer it correctly.
No one was ever capable of answering correctly… until one day, Oedipus came along. Oedipus was promised the hand of the princess should he interpret the riddle correctly.
As he was famous for his wisdom, Oedipus found the answer to the riddle with ease, replying:
“Man, who as a baby crawls on four legs, then walks on two legs as an adult and in old age walks with a cane as his third leg…”
The Sphinx became so frustrated about this answer that it committed suicide immediately , throwing herself from a high rock.
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