Synopses & Reviews
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 familyAntigone, Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonusare 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 sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 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.
Sophocles' Theban plays: "Antigone", "Oedipus the King" and "Oedipus at Colonus". They depict Oedipus's fierce heroic encounter with his gods, and reveal Sophocles' masterful characterizations, dramatic speech and use of irony. Bernard Knox introduces each play.
Three Theban Plays entitled Antigone, Oedipus the King, and Oedipus at Colonus.
Towering over the rest of Greek tragedy, these three plays are among the most enduring and timeless dramas ever written. Robert Fagles' translation conveys all of Sophocles' 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.
Table of Contents
Translated by Robert Fagles with Introductions and Notes by Bernard Knox
Greece and the Theater
SOPHOCLES: THE THREE THEBAN PLAYS Introduction to Antigone
Introduction to Oedipus the King
Oedipus the King
Introduction to Oedipus at Colonus
Oedipus at Colonus
A Note on the Text of Sophocles
Notes on the Translation: Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus
The Genealogy of Oedipus