Today in class something struck me, I realized that Zeus, the God of all gods is married to his sister, Hera. In Oedipus The King, Oedipus marries his mother and it was seen as a great shame in the play. Today, incest is a huge taboo and in Oedipus The King, but during the time that Oedipus The King was written the beliefs in place was to follow the Gods and the Gods were all incestuous. So why was Oedipus so dismayed? Also Apollo himself, the God who is so angry with Oedipus, is a product of incest; his father being Zeus and mother Leto and the two are cousins. The probable out come to why it was okay for the Gods to inbreed and not humans is for the simple reason that they are Gods and need to keep their godly power in a tight group (I would also like to note as a side that this, need to keep certain blood in one group, is seen in history from the Hapsburg family in Europe). I went on line to see how much incest was in the Greek mythological Gods and was very surprised. Here is a map of genealogy.