The Three Theban Plays: Antigone; Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus

The Three Theban Plays: Antigone; Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus

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The heroic Greek dramas that have moved theatergoers and readers since the fifth century B.C.

Towering over the rest of Greek tragedy, the three plays that tell the story of the fated Theban royal family—Antigone, Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus—are among the most enduring and timeless dramas ever written. Robert

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The heroic Greek dramas that have moved theatergoers and readers since the fifth century B.C.

Towering over the rest of Greek tragedy, the three plays that tell the story of the fated Theban royal family—Antigone, Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus—are among the most enduring and timeless dramas ever written. Robert Fagles's authoritative and acclaimed translation conveys all of Sophocles's lucidity and power: the cut and thrust of his dialogue, his ironic edge, the surge and majesty of his choruses and, above all, the agonies and triumphs of his characters. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by the renowned classicist Bernard Knox.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140444254
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1984
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
25,824
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.64(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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 AjaxAntigoneOedipus the KingWomen of TrachisElectraPhiloctetes, 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.

Robert Fagles (1933-2008) was Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Comparative Literature, Emeritus, at Princeton University. He was the recipient of the 1997 PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His translations include Sophocles’s Three Theban Plays, Aeschylus’s Oresteia (nominated for a National Book Award), Homer’s Iliad (winner of the 1991 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award by The Academy of American Poets), Homer’s Odyssey, and Virgil's Aeneid.

Bernard Knox (1914-2010) was Director Emeritus of Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. He taught at Yale University for many years. Among his numerous honors are awards from the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His works include The Heroic Temper: Studies in Sophoclean Tragedy, Oedipus at Thebes: Sophocles’ Tragic Hero and His Time and Essays Ancient and Modern (awarded the 1989 PEN/Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award).

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The Three Theban Plays (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
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I read this book for a classic myth class, I learned that excessive pride can make you try to defeat your destiny and that there is a higher power that is always looking after you. Your destiny good or bad will happen.
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The Three Theban Plays are Greek tragedies that have remained in English literature for centuries after they were published. What is the reason for this everlasting existence of these pieces? The way that Sophocles presents his prose is beautiful, just like Shakespeare's stunning style of writing. No one in the 21st century will ever write like these literary geniuses. However, many people will not disagree on the fact that Sophocles' writing is abstract. Despite Sophocles' conceptual writing style, the Robert Fagles version of Antigone is a modern English edition that can be understood by 9th graders and above. This tragedy should be a must-read for everyone in high school because Antigone highlights important themes such as civil disobedience, hubris, atë, conscience versus law, etc.
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Just like all Greek plays, these three are all excellent. I especially like Oedipus the King, but all are great. These plays bring you back to a time that is probably difficult for people of today to understand, but it is still intriguing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Oedipus cycle is a greek tragedy, with elements of love, death, and it has comic relief. Probably the most entertaining Greek play, and it adresses many themes, and motifs. note that the chorus is used to tell what the average citizen is thinking, adn to provide historical significance
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Greek literature this is a good choice for you. Robert Fagles again does a great job of translating an ancient tale. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested.