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

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The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles: Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus; Antigone, written by legendary author Sophocles, is widely considered to be among the greatest classic texts of all time. These great classics will surely attract a whole new generation of readers. For many, The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles: Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus; Antigone are required reading for various courses and curriculums. And for others who simply enjoy reading timeless pieces of classic literature, these gems by Sophocles ...
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Overview

The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles: Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus; Antigone, written by legendary author Sophocles, is widely considered to be among the greatest classic texts of all time. These great classics will surely attract a whole new generation of readers. For many, The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles: Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus; Antigone are required reading for various courses and curriculums. And for others who simply enjoy reading timeless pieces of classic literature, these gems by Sophocles are highly recommended. Published by Classic Books International and beautifully produced, The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles: Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus; Antigone would make an ideal gift and it should be a part of everyone's personal library.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452842462
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 5/6/2010
  • Pages: 114
  • Sales rank: 1,487,551
  • 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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Table of Contents

FOREWORD: The Great Encounter INTRODUCTION: The Theban Trilogy

Oedipus the King Oedipus at Colonus Antigone

APPENDIX:

Production and Acting Notes Glossary of Classical Names Ackowledgements

 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2003

    The Perfect Tragedy

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2000

    What A Great Collection of Stories!

    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.

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