ISBN-10:
0674995570
ISBN-13:
9780674995574
Pub. Date:
01/01/1994
Publisher:
Harvard
Ajax. Electra. Oedipus Tyrannus

Ajax. Electra. Oedipus Tyrannus

by Sophocles

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Overview

Sophocles (497/6—406 BCE), with Aeschylus and Euripides, was one of the three great tragic poets of Athens, and is considered one of the world's greatest poets. The subjects of his plays were drawn from mythology and legend. Each play contains at least one heroic figure, a character whose strength, courage, or intelligence exceeds the human norm—but who also has more than ordinary pride and self-assurance. These qualities combine to lead to a tragic end.

Hugh Lloyd-Jones gives us, in two volumes, a new translation of the seven surviving plays. Volume I contains Oedipus Tyrannus (which tells the famous Oedipus story), Ajax (a heroic tragedy of wounded self-esteem), and Electra (the story of siblings who seek revenge on their mother and her lover for killing their father). Volume II contains Oedipus at Colonus (the climax of the fallen hero's life), Antigone (a conflict between public authority and an individual woman's conscience), The Women of Trachis (a fatal attempt by Heracles' wife to regain her husband's love), and Philoctetes (Odysseus's intrigue to bring an unwilling hero to the Trojan War).

Of his other plays, only fragments remain; but from these much can be learned about Sophocles' language and dramatic art. The major fragments—ranging in length from two lines to a very substantial portion of the satyr play The Searchers—are collected in Volume III of this edition. In prefatory notes Lloyd-Jones provides frameworks for the fragments of known plays.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674995574
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/01/1994
Series: Loeb Classical Library , #20
Edition description: 2nd printing/1st pub.1994
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 583,501
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.38(h) x (d)

About the Author

Sir Hugh Lloyd-Jones (1922–2009) was Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford University.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Sigla

Ajax

Electra

Oedipus Tyrannus

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