Sophocles: The Complete Plays

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With new translations and a new afterword

The full texts of the seven extant plays of Sophocles with Paul Roche's revised and updated translations of the Oedipus cycle, and all-new translations of the remaining plays.

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Overview

With new translations and a new afterword

The full texts of the seven extant plays of Sophocles with Paul Roche's revised and updated translations of the Oedipus cycle, and all-new translations of the remaining plays.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451531537
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 686,055
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2005

    What Sophocles taught me about Freud!!!

    I love sophocles' work and how it ties in to the world around us, at least the modern world. Freud teaches us about the oedipus and elektra complex. Being naive at the time, i understand this topic now. It is not that we want to sleep with the parents of the opposite sex, we are looking for someone just like them.

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