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Detailed notes accompany modern translations of the stories of Oedipus, a king who is unable to escape his tragic fate and ends his days in exile

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Genre: Drama
Author: Sophocles
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 1984
File: 430 Pages
ISBN-13: 0140444254

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The story of Oedipus has captured the human imagination as few others. It is the story of a man fated to kill his father and marry his mother, a man who by a cruel irony brings these things to pass by his very efforts to avoid them. But these plays are not about fate, and not about irony. They are about character, choice and consequence. In Antigone we see a woman who will defy human law, and die for it, rather than transgress the eternal, unwritten laws of the gods. Oedipus the Tyrant is the story of a ruler destroyed by those qualities - pride, determination and belief in his own abilities - which made him ruler in the first place. Finally, in Oedipus at Colonus, written late in Sophocles' life, the aged and blinded king achieves a personal reconciliation, but at a cost - a son who will die in battle against his country, and a daughter who will die burying her brother.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Sophocles
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
Release: 2004
File: 189 Pages
ISBN-13: 1840221445

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The Three Theban Plays - Oedipus the King - Oedipus at Colonus – Antigone by Sophocles Translation by F. Storr 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 shepherd found the babe and tended him, and delivered him to another shepherd who took him to his master, the King of Corinth. Polybus being childless adopted the boy, who grew up believing that he was indeed the King's son. Afterwards doubting his parentage he inquired of the Delphic god and heard himself the word declared before to Laius. Wherefore he fled from what he deemed his father's house and in his flight he encountered and unwillingly slew his father Laius. Arriving at Thebes he answered the riddle of the Sphinx and the grateful Thebans made their deliverer king. So he reigned in the room of Laius, and espoused the widowed queen. Children were born to them and Thebes prospered under his rule, but again a grievous plague fell upon the city. Again the oracle was consulted and it bade them purge themselves of blood-guiltiness. Oedipus denounces the crime of which he is unaware, and undertakes to track out the criminal. Step by step it is brought home to him that he is the man. The closing scene reveals Jocasta slain by her own hand and Oedipus blinded by his own act and praying for death or exile.

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Genre: Drama
Author: Sophocles
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release: 2014-08-22
File: 186 Pages
ISBN-13: 1500922757

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Antigone Defending Her Integrity And Ideals To The Death, Oedipus Questing For His Identity And Achieving Immortality&Mdash;These Heroic Figures Have Moved Playgoers And Readers Since The Fifth Century Bc.Towering Over The Rest Of Greek Tragedy, These Three Plays Are Among The Most Enduring And Timeless Dramas Ever Written. Robert Fagles' Translation Conveys All Of Sophocles' 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.

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Genre: English drama
Author: Sophocles
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2000-10
File: 430 Pages
ISBN-13: 0140444254

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A collection of all three of Sophocles' three Theban plays, Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone. Each work was part of a tetralogy, a composition made up of four distinct works. The other three works of each tetralogy are now lost. Although these are published under a single cover, they are not a trilogy and do not contain a continuous narrative. The three plays were written for different festivals, sometimes years apart. Nonetheless, the three plays cover the fate of the royal family of King Oedipus at the city state Thebes during and after the reign of King Oedipus.Sophocles is one of three ancient Greeks tragedy writers, whose works have survived for posterity. Along with Aeschylus and Euripides. Sophocles wrote over 120 plays, but only seven manuscripts have survived. During his life at Athens, Sophocles competed in over thirty competitions at the festival of Dionysus. He won twenty-four, and never placed lower than second. Sophocles e is remembered as the founding father of western tragedy.

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Genre: Drama
Author: Sophocles
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Release: 2020-08-20
File: 212 Pages
ISBN-13: 1774260085

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The pinnacle of classical drama in Greece, the three-part, 2,500 year-old Oedipus cycle remains a touchstone of Western culture. Nearly perfect technically, the plays feature headstrong heroes, intense plots, and breathtaking imagery that have influenced generations of artists, philosophers, and statesmen. These fresh, historically faithful renditions by renowned translator Peter Constantine bring new life to civilization's most meaningful dramas. Rich in sex and violence, the plays follow the tragic downfall of King Oedipus, a man who mistakenly believes he can control his own destiny. In Oedipus the King, we watch as the hero learns the truth about his past, including his murder of his father, Laius, and marriage to his mother, Jocasta. Written just before the death of Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus features a more subdued tone as the blind, exiled king reflects on his passing from this world. Antigone, the earliest written of the three, presents the powerful story of the iron-willed daughter of Oedipus as she takes a fatal stand against her uncle Creon, the new ruler of Thebes. Favoring her own moral code to the dictates of an unjust ruler, Antigone becomes the first heroine in Western literature and a model of civil disobedience.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Sophocles
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Release: 2008-01-01
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 1593082355

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"All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride." Sophocles, Antigone

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Author: Sophocles
Publisher:
Release: 2018-03-31
File: 196 Pages
ISBN-13: 1986996662

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This elegant and uncommonly readable translation will make these seminal Greek tragedies accessible to a new generation of readers.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Sophocles
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Release: 2009-01-28
File: 284 Pages
ISBN-13: 0801891345

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"The tyrant is a child of PrideWho drinks from his sickening cup Recklessness and vanity,Until from his high crest headlongHe plummets to the dust of hope."Theses heroic Greek dramas have moved theatergoers and readers since the fifth century B.C. They tower above other tragedies and have a place on the College Board AP English reading list.

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Author: Sophocles
Publisher:
Release: 2014-06-26
File: 208 Pages
ISBN-13: 1497367328

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With so many translations of Sophocles' Theban plays available, another might seem superfluous. However, a translation by Professor Trypanis, who is not only a distinguished Classical scholar but also a much admired poet, is an event to be welcomed by both students of the Classics and lovers of literature and the stage. These translations were originally commissioned by the BBC and have been broadcast and acted on stage several times on both sides of the Atlantic. Professor Trypanis has written a new introduction to this volume in which he discusses Sophocles' skill in characterisation, his style and poetry, and the place of the three plays in literary history. This book will be a valuable addition to Sophoclean scholarship and most welcome as an acting edition of the plays.

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Genre: Drama
Author: Constantine Athanasius Trypanis
Publisher:
Release: 1986
File: 134 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015014562956

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