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The Three Theban Plays: Antigone; Oedipus The King; Oedipus At Colonus

by Bernard Sophocles
Translated by Robert Fagles
Introduction by Bernard Knox

Penguin Classics | April 26, 1984 | Trade Paperback

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The heroic Greek dramas that have moved theatergoers and readers since the fifth century B.C.

Towering over the rest of Greek tragedy, the three plays that tell the story of the fated Theban royal family—Antigone, Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus—are among the most enduring and timeless dramas ever written. Robert Fagles''s authoritative and acclaimed translation conveys all of Sophocles''s lucidity and power: the cut and thrust of his dialogue, his ironic edge, the surge and majesty of his choruses and, above all, the agonies and triumphs of his characters.
 
This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by the renowned classicist Bernard Knox.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 7.82 × 5.14 × 0.8 in

Published: April 26, 1984

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140444254

ISBN - 13: 9780140444254

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The Three Theban Plays: Antigone; Oedipus The King; Oedipus At Colonus

by Bernard Sophocles
Translated by Robert Fagles
Introduction by Bernard Knox

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 7.82 × 5.14 × 0.8 in

Published: April 26, 1984

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140444254

ISBN - 13: 9780140444254

Table of Contents

Translated by Robert Fagles with Introductions and Notes by Bernard Knox

Acknowledgments
Translator''s Preface
Greece and the Theater

SOPHOCLES: THE THREE THEBAN PLAYS Introduction to Antigone
Antigone

Introduction to Oedipus the King
Oedipus the King

Introduction to Oedipus at Colonus
Oedipus at Colonus

A Note on the Text of Sophocles
Textual Variants
Notes on the Translation: Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus
Select Bibliography
The Genealogy of Oedipus
Glossary

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The heroic Greek dramas that have moved theatergoers and readers since the fifth century B.C.

Towering over the rest of Greek tragedy, the three plays that tell the story of the fated Theban royal family—Antigone, Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus—are among the most enduring and timeless dramas ever written. Robert Fagles''s authoritative and acclaimed translation conveys all of Sophocles''s lucidity and power: the cut and thrust of his dialogue, his ironic edge, the surge and majesty of his choruses and, above all, the agonies and triumphs of his characters.
 
This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by the renowned classicist Bernard Knox.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Three Theban Plays entitled Antigone, Oedipus the King, and Oedipus at Colonus.

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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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