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

Paperback | February 7, 1984

byBernard SophoclesTranslated byRobert FaglesIntroduction byBernard Knox

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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.

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

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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 author...

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

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 w...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 7.8 × 5 × 0.7 inPublished:February 7, 1984Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic A classic version of a great myth. Antigone is truly heartbreaking.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Translation This is an accessible translation that I've used with high school students. "Oedipus Rex" is the first and perhaps greatest detective story ever written, and the trilogy as a whole is absolutely awesome. Recommended for literature students and those with an interest in Greek Mythology.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Translation I had to read this play (Oedipus Rex) for english class, but in the end I read all three plays! It's translated for the modern reader without bizarre words and phrases. On the side of the plays, an amazing representation of Ancient Greek drama, very worth the read.
Date published: 2015-01-25

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Table of Contents

The Three Theban Plays - Sophocles Translated by Robert Fagles with Introductions and Notes by Bernard Knox

Acknowledgments
Translator's Preface
Greece and the Theater

SOPHOCLES: THE THREE THEBAN PLAYSIntroduction 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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Three Theban Plays entitled Antigone, Oedipus the King, and Oedipus at Colonus.