King of Thebes whom with his Queen Jocaste had Oedipus, who eventually killed him. According to one version Laius had kidnapped king Pelop's son Chrysippos, and this brought a curse on his house, the Labdacitean house. The crime had angered Hera and she punished Laius by making him childless. He then went to the oracle of Delphi, which told him he would not have children, but if he did have a son he would one day be killed by him. When Oedipus was born, Laius put the baby in the mountains with spears through its feet, thereof the name Oedipus - swollen foot.The child was saved by shepherds and later killed his father and married his mother.