Sophocles: The Complete Plays: The Complete Plays

by Paul Sophocles
Translated by Paul Roche

Signet Classics | March 9, 2001 | Mass Market Paperbound |

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Here in one volume are the full texts of the seven extant plays of the Greek playwright Sophocles, regarded by the Greeks of his time as a kind of "tragic Homer". This collection includes the revised and updated translations by Paul Roche of the Oedipus cycle, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone, as well as all-new translations of Ajax, The Women of Trachis, Electra, and Philocetes.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 448 Pages, 4.33 × 6.3 × 0.79 in

Published: March 9, 2001

Publisher: Signet Classics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451527844

ISBN - 13: 9780451527844

Found in: Greek and Roman, Greek and Roman

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Sophocles: The Complete Plays: The Complete Plays

Sophocles: The Complete Plays: The Complete Plays

by Paul Sophocles
Translated by Paul Roche

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 448 Pages, 4.33 × 6.3 × 0.79 in

Published: March 9, 2001

Publisher: Signet Classics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451527844

ISBN - 13: 9780451527844

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Here in one volume are the full texts of the seven extant plays of the Greek playwright Sophocles, regarded by the Greeks of his time as a kind of "tragic Homer". This collection includes the revised and updated translations by Paul Roche of the Oedipus cycle, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone, as well as all-new translations of Ajax, The Women of Trachis, Electra, and Philocetes.

About the Author

Sophocles was born at Colonus, just outside Athens, in 496 BC, and lived ninety years. His long life spanned the rise and decline of the Athenian Empire; he was a friend of Pericles, and though not an active politician he held several public offices, both military and civil. The leader of a literary circle and friend of Herodotus, he was interested in poetic theory as well as practice, and he wrote a prose treatise On the Chorus. He seems to have been content to spend all his life at Athens, and is said to have refused several invitations to royal courts.

Sophocles first won a prize for tragic drama in 468, defeating the veteran Aeschylus. He wrote over a hundred plays for the Athenian theater, and is said to have come first in twenty-four contests. Only seven of his tragedies are now extant, these being Ajax, Antigone, Oedipus the King, Women of Trachis, Electra, Philoctetes, and the posthumous Oedipus at Colonus. A substantial part of The Searches, a satyr play, was recovered from papyri in Egypt in modern times. Fragments of other plays remain, showing that he drew on a wide range of themes; he also introduced the innovation of a third actor in his tragedies. He died in 406 BC.
Paul Roche, a distinguished English poet and translator, is the author of The Bible's Greatest Stories. His other translations include Euripides: Ten Plays (Signet), Oedipus Plays of Sophocles (Meridian) and The Orestes Plays of Aeschylus (Meridian).

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