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Enduring Literature Illuminated by Practical Scholarship One noble family's descent into madness, mayhem, and murder -- the first play in Sophocles' great Theban trilogy. This Enriched Classic Edition includes: &#149 A concise introduction that gives readers…read more

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The stirring tale of a legendary royal family's fall and ultimate redemption, the Theban trilogy endures as the crowning achievement of Greek drama. Sophocles' 3-play cycle, chronicling Oedipus's search for the truth and its tragic results, remains essential…read more

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Three masterpieces of classical tragedy Containing Aeschylus's Agamemnon , Sophocles' Oedipus Rex , and Euripides' Medea , this important new selection brings the best works of the great tragedians together in one perfect introductory volume. This volume also…read more

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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…read more

Oedipus the King

by Sophocles

|March 15, 2010

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Available for the first time as an independent work, David Grene’s legendary translation of Oedipus the King renders Sophocles’ Greek into cogent, vivid, and poetic English for a new generation to savor. Over the years, Grene and Lattimore’s…read more

Antigone

by Sophocles

|October 12, 1993

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When Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, chooses to obey the law of the gods rather than an unconscionable command from Creon, ruler of Thebes, she is condemned to death. How the gods take their revenge on Creon provides the gripping denouement to this compelling…read more

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The second Theban play written by Sophocles, "Oedipus Rex," or "Oedipus the King," is the drama which chronologically begins the Oedipus cycle. After Laius, King of Thebes, learns from an oracle that he is doomed to perish by the hand of his own son, he binds the…read more

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‘O Light! May I never look on you again, Revealed as I am, sinful in my begetting, Sinful in marriage, sinful in shedding of blood!’   The legends surrounding the royal house of Thebes inspired Sophocles (496–406 BC) to create a powerful…read more

Oedipus Rex

by Sophocles

|May 19, 2011

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Oedipus Rex is the greatest of the Greek tragedies, a profound meditation on the human condition. The story of the mythological king, who is doomed to kill his father and marry his mother, has resonated in world culture for almost 2,500 years. But…read more

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These contemporary translations of four Greek tragedies speak across time and connect readers and audiences with universal themes of war, trauma, suffering, and betrayal. Under the direction of Bryan Doerries, they have been performed for tens of thousands of…read more

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The timeless Theban tragedies of Sophocles— Oedipus the Tyrant , Oedipus at Colonus , and Antigone —have fascinated and moved audiences and readers across the ages with their haunting plots and their unforgettable heroes and heroines. Now, following…read more

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To Laius, King of Thebes, an oracle foretold that the child born to him by his queen Jocasta would slay his father and wed his mother. So when in time a son was born the infant's feet were riveted together and he was left to die on Mount Cithaeron. But a…read more