Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

by Robert Fitzpatrick, Dudley Fitts, Robert (Translator) Fitzpatrick, Dudley (Translator) Fitts
     
 

One of the greatest of the classic Greek tragedies and a masterpiece of dramatic construction. Catastrophe ensues when King Oedipus discovers he has inadvertently killed his father and married his mother. Masterly use of dramatic irony greatly intensifies impact of agonizing events. Sophocles' finest play, Oedipus Rex ranks as a towering landmark of Western drama.…  See more details below

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One of the greatest of the classic Greek tragedies and a masterpiece of dramatic construction. Catastrophe ensues when King Oedipus discovers he has inadvertently killed his father and married his mother. Masterly use of dramatic irony greatly intensifies impact of agonizing events. Sophocles' finest play, Oedipus Rex ranks as a towering landmark of Western drama. Explanatory footnotes.

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From the Publisher

“A great work of world literature has at last become a great poem in English. Mulroy’s translation is far superior to other available English verse translations.”—Robert J. Rabel, editor of Approaches to Homer, Ancient and Modern

“Introductory notes on such matters as the historical background, fate vs. free will, and (inevitably) the Oedipus Complex are clear and useful.”—Peter Green, The New York Review of Books

Library Journal - BookSmack!
Mulroy (classics, Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) gives Sophocles's standard a crisp update, morphing it into contemporary English while retaining the Greek rhythms, etc. He also supplies an intro, appendixes, and notes to guide readers. Students of every level eventually have to tackle this. Appropriate for public and academic libraries. For a true taste of classic drama, Greece is the word, baby! — "Classic Returns," Booksmack! 2/3/11.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312145125
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/28/1949
Pages:
78

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Sophocles(ca. 497/6-407/6 BCE) 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 a complete form. David Mulroy is professor of classics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has translated The Complete Poetry of Catullus, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

 

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