Oedipus the King [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Oedipus the King

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Overview

ARGUMENT

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.

*****

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

Oedipus.

The Priest of Zeus.

Creon.

Chorus of Theban Elders.

Teiresias.

Jocasta.

Messenger.

Herd of Laius.

Second Messenger.

Scene: Thebes. Before the Palace of Oedipus.

*****

OEDIPUS THE KING



Suppliants of all ages are seated round the altar at the palace doors,
at their head a PRIEST OF ZEUS. To them enter OEDIPUS.

OEDIPUS
My children, latest born to Cadmus old,
Why sit ye here as suppliants, in your hands
Branches of olive filleted with wool?
What means this reek of incense everywhere,
And everywhere laments and litanies?
Children, it were not meet that I should learn
From others, and am hither come, myself,
I Oedipus, your world-renowned king.
Ho! aged sire, whose venerable locks
Proclaim thee spokesman of this company,
Explain your mood and purport. Is it dread
Of ill that moves you or a boon ye crave?
My zeal in your behalf ye cannot doubt;
Ruthless indeed were I and obdurate
If such petitioners as you I spurned.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012348777
  • Publisher: SAP
  • Publication date: 3/30/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,107,732
  • File size: 110 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2001

    A truly hip translation!

    Maybe it's because I heard it rather than read it, but this is one of the best translations of a play from Greek to English I've ever heard. I applaud Mr. Steen for his sense of theatricality, something so sadly lacking in too many 'scholarly' translations. This one breathed a whole new life into a great classic. I'd love to get a copy of the text, if it's available.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2008

    Awesome!

    I like it because of the story itself and I can relate to Oedipus because I was also abandoned. But it was just my father so I can see myself killing my father because I don't know who he is or what he looks like.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2007

    An ancient story of the way things were

    Abandoned by your dad/grow up/meet your dad/fight your dad/win/inherit his kingdom/your mom becomes your possession and wife? Incomprehensible to the people of today, but this is in ancient Greece. Kids should read this just to see how different their lives would have been 3,000 years ago in Greece as opposed to how they are now. I love shocking tales of how things used to be and I'm sure others do, too, yet be able to find comfort in the way things are today. However, animal life, throughout the centuries, has never changed one bit unless it concerned humans, and they are the real marders.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    loved it

    Awesome..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2008

    Kind of dull

    I like classics, but this one wasn't my type.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    Oedeipus The King is quite frankly, I believe, one of the best stories of history. Really, think about it. Shakespeare's plays have been hits for 400 years, and we think that that means they have passed the test of time, but just think This play by Sophocles has been a hit for 2000 years! And this is not surprising. Expertly written, this tale of mystery and prophecy draws you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat until an hour and a half later when you finish and think 'Oh my god! I didn't even know I was still in my living room! Hey where'd the cat go...' and I am not kidding. I started it and couldn't stop until it ended. This is a tragedy though do not expect a happy ending. It's Sophocles, not Disney (though I could see this as a Disney musical... that would be hilarious). Anyway, this book is for anybody who doesn't mind a sad (but funny and ironic) ending and a winding, complex plot. Even if you don't like these, I still say you should read it. This book is superb, but you need to read it to find that out for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2002

    Wonderful

    This is a great work by a wonderful playwriter. One of Sophocles' best and most prominent pieces ever. The irony...

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