Oedipus the King / Edition 1

Oedipus the King / Edition 1

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by Sophocles, Anthony (Translator) Burgess
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0816606676

ISBN-13: 9780816606672

Pub. Date: 10/28/1972

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

The tragedy of Oedipus, who unknowingly slays his father and marries his mother, is one of the mythical cornerstones of Western civilization.

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The tragedy of Oedipus, who unknowingly slays his father and marries his mother, is one of the mythical cornerstones of Western civilization.

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ISBN-13:
9780816606672
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
10/28/1972
Series:
Drama Editions Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
100
Sales rank:
322,297
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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Contents

Introduction

Chronology of Ancient Greek Theater

Chronology of Ancient Greece

Translator's Preface

Oedipus the King

Notes

Interpretive Notes

Critical Excerpts

Questions for Discussion

Suggestions for the Interested Reader

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Oedipus the King 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
swenhappy More than 1 year ago
An effort to work through the language, but very well worth it. I've seen it performed a few times in my life and have read one other version. I got this in Nook format to test out my new reader and really liked it. This will be a classic for as long as humans exist.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I like classics, but this one wasn't my type.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great work by a wonderful playwriter. One of Sophocles' best and most prominent pieces ever. The irony...