The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles: Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus; Antigone

The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles: Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus; Antigone

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Revising and updating his classic 1958 translation, Paul Roche captures the dramatic power and intensity, the subtleties of meaning, and the explosive emotions of Sophocles' great Theban trilogy. In vivd, poetic language, he presents the timeless story of a noble family moving toward catastrophe, dragged down from wealth and power by pride, cursed with incest, suicide…  See more details below

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Revising and updating his classic 1958 translation, Paul Roche captures the dramatic power and intensity, the subtleties of meaning, and the explosive emotions of Sophocles' great Theban trilogy. In vivd, poetic language, he presents the timeless story of a noble family moving toward catastrophe, dragged down from wealth and power by pride, cursed with incest, suicide, and murder.

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ISBN-13:
9781452842462
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
05/06/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
114
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.24(d)

Meet the Author

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 was interested in poetic theory as well as practice, and he wrote a prose treatise On the Chorus. He seems to have been content to spend all his life at Athens, and is said to have refused several invitations to royal courts.

Sophocles first won a prize for tragic drama in 468, defeating the veteran Aeschylus. He wrote over a hundred plays for the Athenian theater, and is said to have come first in twenty-four contests. Only seven of his tragedies are now extant, these being Ajax, Antigone, Oedipus the King, Women of Trachis, Electra, Philoctetes, and the posthumous Oedipus at Colonus. A substantial part of The Searches, a satyr play, was recovered from papyri in Egypt in modern times. Fragments of other plays remain, showing that he drew on a wide range of themes; he also introduced the innovation of a third actor in his tragedies. He died in 406 BC.

Paul Roche, a distinguished English poet and translator, is the author of The Bible’s Greatest Stories. His other translations include Euripides: Ten Plays (Signet), Oedipus Plays of Sophocles (Meridian) and The Orestes Plays of Aeschylus (Meridian).

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Oedipus Plays of Sophocles: Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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I'm a 15 yr.old student at ECHS in San Diego CA and we had to read this book in our world history class. This book was sad and disgusting all in one and was perfect for my 10th grade class. The story of Oedipus, the king of Thebes describes the 'perfect Greek tragedy.'
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The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles is a great book. I am now a Freshman at C.H.S, and my teacher Mr.Maiore gave us this play to read. We tear this book to pieces and find out every detail. I know that people dont like long and boring stories/plays/ and books. But this one is so simple if you just pay attention and follow it.Once you know what is going on in this book you will love it. Cause I know that I did.