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Antigone; Oedipus the King; Electra: WITH Oedipus the King (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

Sophocles , Edith Hall , H. D. F. Kitto
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14 Aug 2008 Oxford World's Classics
Love and loyalty, hatred and revenge, fear, deprivation, and political ambition: these are the motives which thrust the characters portrayed in these three Sophoclean masterpieces on to their collision course with catastrophe. Recognized in his own day as perhaps the greatest of the Greek tragedians, Sophocles's reputation has remained undimmed for two and a half thousand years. His greatest innovation in the tragic medium was his development of a central tragic figure, faced with a test of will and character, risking obloquy and death rather than compromise his or her principles: it is striking that

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; Reissue edition (14 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199537178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199537174
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kitto's vigorous, accurate versions, made with production in mind, remain the best. Hall's lucid, informative, concise introduction with leads to further reading enhance the value of the volume considerably. I shall use it in classes."--William M. Calderist, University of Illinois"Wonderfully brief, clear introductory notes."--Sr. Miriam Catherine Nevins, Dominican College"Kitto's translations have aged will and Hall's introduction is excellent."--James R. Baron, The College of William and Mary"The sort of inexpensive, practical edition we need."--J.C. Hogan, Allegheny College"The price is right and next time I teach tragedy I would definitely consider using it."--Victor Estevez, University of Missouri"A wonderful translation!"--Elizabeth Kiss, Princeton University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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both have a woman as their intransigent `hero'. Antigone dies rather than neglect her duty to her family, Oedipus's determination to save his city results in the horrific discovery that he has committed both incest and parricide, and Electra's unremitting anger at her mother and her lover keeps her in servitude and despair. These vivid translations combine elegance and modernity, and are equally suitable for reading or theatrical performance.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sophocles: Antigone, Oedipus the King, Electra 3 May 2014
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This Oxford World’s Classics book offers three brilliant plays by Sophocles (c.495-405 BC). Sophocles himself was an active Athenian, both culturally and politically (which were never far apart in historical Athens) and lived through turbulent times. His works stand up there proudly with those of Aeschylus and Euripides.

The three works in this edition have been translated by H D F Kitto, an authority on Greek tragedy, and the introduction and notes by Edith Hall, another noted authority. So the reading of the texts is empathetic yet very accessible to the reader. The story of Oedipus may be broadly known by many prior to reading these plays, that of Antigone perhaps not so well know, and Electra perhaps better known as the sister of Orestes.

These are another great edition of great plays in this Oxford edition, complemented with notes, a bibligoraphy offering further ideas for reading on the plays or aspects of them and their reception, a chronology of Sophocle’s life, and really indepth and comprehensive explanatory notes to go with the texts. Definitely recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent translation 7 Feb 2013
By mikki47
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Bought Sophocles Antigone to discuss at my European Literature Reading Group in paralel to that Whitten by Jean Annouih. Found this translation both as images and rythm of the verse to be superior to others. Much enjoyed.
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By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
A seminal work of both literature and theatre, Oedipus still haunts us. Academics argue still over the 'meaning' of Oedipus: is he guilty? is he simply blind? what's the truth of the relationship between him and his mother Jocasta? If we could ever answer all these questions the play would lose its power and drop out of the canon. Read it in this excellent translation and make up your own mind.

Antigone has been reinterpreted repeatedly: as a feminist play, as a play about political oppression, as a play about a dysfunctional family. Antigone may be a difficult character to sympathise with or understand, but the poetry of the drama excels even that of Oedipus (especially the eerie, haunting 'hymn to Dionysus').

More human than Aeschylus, more stately than Euripides, the greatest tragedy is that only seven of Sophocles plays have come down to us, and these two are the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Antigone 6 Dec 2013
Amazing book. The actual version I wanted. Thank you!!! ;). Looked brand new!! :) this company is very kind very pleased and happy. This book is recommended
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