Part of the trilogy that includes Oedipus Rex and Antigone, this drama of classical antiquity represents the great Athenian playwright's crowning achievement in depicting the painful quest for truth and self-knowledge that results in the triumph of the spirit. Blamed for the discord within his former kingdom and banished by its citizens, Oedipus wanders for years in lonely exile until he finds a haven in a sacred olive grove at Colonus. Unabridged republication of the Sir George Young translation.
Sophocles (ca. 497/6 B.C.E.407/6 B.C.E.) was the most acclaimed dramatist of his era, winning more than twenty festival competitions in ancient Athens. He is believed to have written 123 plays, but only seven have survived in complete form. His life spanned the rise and fall of the Athenian Empire. David Mulroy is a professor emeritus of classics at the University of WisconsinMilwaukee. His translations of Oedipus Rex, Antigone, and The Complete Poetry of Catullus are also published by the University of Wisconsin Press.