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

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ISBN13: 9780140440034
ISBN10: 0140440038
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‘O Light! May I never look on you again,

Revealed as I am, sinful in my begetting,

Sinful in marriage, sinful in shedding of blood!

The legends surrounding the royal house of Thebes inspired Sophocles (496–406 BC) to create a powerful trilogy of mankinds struggle against fate. King Oedipus tells of a man who brings pestilence to Thebes for crimes he does not realise he has committed, and then inflicts a brutal punishment upon himself. With profound insights into the human condition, it is a devastating portrayal of a ruler brought down by his own oath. Oedipus at Colonus provides a fitting conclusion to the life of the aged and blinded king, while Antigone depicts the fall of the next generation, through the conflict between a young woman ruled by her conscience and a king too confident in his own authority.

E. F. Watlings masterful translation is accompanied by an introduction, which examines the central themes of the plays, the role of the Chorus, and the traditions and staging of Greek tragedy.

Synopsis:

The legends surrounding the royal house of Thebes inspired Sophocles (496-406 BC) to create a powerful trilogy about mankind's struggle against fate - "King Oedipus", "Oedipus at Colonus" and "Antigone".

About 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 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.

E.F. Watling was educated at Christ's Hospital and University College, Oxford. His translations of Greek and Roman plays for the Penguin Classics include the seven plays of Sophocles, nine plays of Plautus, and a selection of the tragedies of Seneca.

E.F. Watling was educated at Christ's Hospital and University College, Oxford. His translations of Greek and Roman plays for the Penguin Classics include the seven plays of Sophocles, nine plays of Plautus, and a selection of the tragedies of Seneca.

Table of Contents

King Oedipus — Oedipus at Colonus — Antigone.

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kellym198200, June 15, 2010 (view all comments by kellym198200)
This translation was very easy to read. I expected to need the footnotes, but had no trouble at all. It's an amazing story about love, deceit, and family. Definitely deserving of its status as a classic.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140440034
Translator:
Watling, E. F.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Watling, E. F.
Author:
Sophocles
Author:
Sophocles, E. A.
Author:
Watling, E. F.
Location:
Harmondsworth
Subject:
Drama
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Continental european drama (dramatic works by
Subject:
Seven against Thebes (Greek mythology)
Subject:
Oedipus
Subject:
Thebes
Subject:
Antigone
Subject:
Greek & Roman
Subject:
DRAMA / General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
The Penguin classics
Series Volume:
R-368
Publication Date:
19500631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.74x5.09x.44 in. .30 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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