King Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone

by .. Sophocles

University Of Pennsylvania Press | December 1, 1998 | Trade Paperback

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This volume presents fresh versions of Sophocles''s Theban plays, which include the most famous of the ancient Greek tragedies, King Oedipus. Sophocles reveals the history of Oedipus from the fulfillment of the oracle that foretold he would kill his father, outwit the Sphinx, marry his mother, and have a family, through his banishment and tortured death as a blind man and the attempted redemption of the family by his daughter, Antigone.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 274 pages, 3.35 × 2.18 × 0.27 in

Published: December 1, 1998

Publisher: University Of Pennsylvania Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0812216660

ISBN - 13: 9780812216660

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King Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone

by .. Sophocles

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 274 pages, 3.35 × 2.18 × 0.27 in

Published: December 1, 1998

Publisher: University Of Pennsylvania Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0812216660

ISBN - 13: 9780812216660

About the Book

"A boon for classicists and general readers alike. For the reader who comes to tragedy for the first time, these translations are eminently 'accessible, ' and consummately American in tone and feeling. For the classicist, these versions constitute an ambitious reinterpretation of traditional masterpieces; after 2,500 years, the poetry of Euripides and Aeschylus has found a new voice--in fact, ten of them."--

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This volume presents fresh versions of Sophocles''s Theban plays, which include the most famous of the ancient Greek tragedies, King Oedipus. Sophocles reveals the history of Oedipus from the fulfillment of the oracle that foretold he would kill his father, outwit the Sphinx, marry his mother, and have a family, through his banishment and tortured death as a blind man and the attempted redemption of the family by his daughter, Antigone.

About the Author

The Greek dramatist Sophocles, born to a wealthy family at Colonus, near Athens, was admired as a boy for his personal beauty and musical skill. He served faithfully as a treasurer and general for Athens when it was expanding its empire and influence. In the dramatic contests, he defeated Aeschylus in 468 b.c. for first prize in tragedy, wrote a poem to Herodotus (see Vol. 3), and led his chorus and actors in mourning for Euripides just a few months before his own death. He wrote approximately 123 plays, of which 7 tragedies are extant, as well as a fragment of his satiric play, Ichneutae (Hunters). His plays were produced in the following order: Ajax (c.450 b.c.), Antigone (441 b.c.), Oedipus Tyrannus (c.430 b.c.), Trachiniae (c.430 b.c.), Electra (between 418 and 410 b.c.), Philoctetes (409 b.c.), and Oedipus at Colonus (posthumously in 401 b.c.). With Sophocles, Greek tragedy reached its most characteristic form. He added a third actor, made each play independent---that is, not dependent on others in a trilogy---increased the numbers of the chorus, introduced the use of scenery, shifted the focus from religious to more philosophical issues, and brought language and characters, though still majestic, nearer to everyday life. His finely delineated characters are responsible for the tragedy that befalls them, and they accept it heroically. Aristotle (see Vols. 3, 4, and 5) states that Sophocles said he portrayed people as they ought to be; Euripides, as they are. His utter co
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