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Greek Tragedies, Volume 1: Selections: Vol 1 Paperback – 1 Jul 1991

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  • Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 July 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226307905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226307909
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jun. 2002
Format: Paperback
There's all you need in Greek tragedy right here in one book...
-Aeschylus' masterpiece Agamemnon with the highly dramatic speech by Clytemnestra, having murdered her husband with a double-headed axe..
-Sophocles' feminist progeny, Antigone and Freud and Aristotle's favourite, Oedipus Tyrannus..
-Euripides' blinding play, Hippolytus, which is a huge chunk of psychological realism.
It's a pick of the best, definitely!
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Flawed Collection 2 Mar. 2006
By ninjasuperstar - Published on
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There's no reason why these plays need to be randomly strewn throughout three different volumes. For example, why would someone split up Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone? They should all be a part of the same volume. These paperback books themselves are of decent quality and fairly priced, but some of the translations and introductions are 50 years old! There are more complete and organized collections available, some by the same editors of these books.
31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
What's in it? 13 July 2005
By E. Thayer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Volume 1 contains Aechylus' Agamemnon and Prometheus Bound, Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Antigone, and Euripides' Hippolytus.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
excellent 16 April 2013
By carlos fernando - Published on
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i was taking a course based on roman and greek cultures, the teacher recommended me this book, and when i read the passages, i did not have any trouble to understand each of the works.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
These Are TRUE Classics 27 Jan. 2014
By T. A. Kleinhans - Published on
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If you're a fan of the culture and/or literature of Ancient Greece, then this book is pretty much a must-read. It has five of the greatest surviving Greek tragedies from three of the most famous playwrights of the ancient world. More than that, the translations are superb and the notes, when needed to be included, are quite helpful, resulting in some of the best versions of these works that can be found anywhere. For those unfamiliar, I can also say that the stories are truly good in their own right, even all these centuries after they were written.
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Student Review 2 Nov. 2010
By Chrisitne - Published on
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*The following has many spoilers*

Sophocles's Oedipus Rex and its sequel, Antigone, were two very fascinating tragic plays. The characters were compelling but so frustrating to read about at the same time. Sophocles was a master at dramatic irony and it was interesting to see how all of the characters fell into "Fate's" hands.

Although Antigone was written first, it was meant to be the sequel to Oedipus Rex. Oedipus is story about the fall of the King of Thebes and how his past of unknowingly killing his father and wedding his mother comes to haunt him. It is both sad and interesting to see how this ancient story is retold through Sophocles. And although Ancient Greek Tragedies were supposed to be cathartic for the audience, I cannot help but ponder about the hopelessness of fighting against Fate. For here was a man who was destined to kill his father and bed his mother even before he was born, but by his parents attempting to fight against Fate, they play right into Fate's hands. So is it his parent's fault? The Oracle that told the prophesy? Most likely it is because of Oedipus's fatal flaw, his hubris, or pride. The tragic flaw that brings everything full circle is Oedipus's own pride in his knowledge, wisdom, and valor. Although he has eyes, he fails to see. Only when he loses his sight, does he finally comprehend the gravity of his fate.

Antigone is what happens after Oedipus's exile. The second play is about Oedipus's daughter, Antigone, and the death of many people. Antigone is a wonderful heroine, albeit stupid at times. I admire her for her bravery and sense of noble duty, but if she were perhaps a bit more cunning and less bullheaded, the death of many may have been avoided. Or perhaps the blame lay on Creon for being so prideful and full of hubris, that he does not yield when he should have. Instead, he goes against the will of the gods and his entire family is punished.

Overall, Sophocles's tragedies were very interesting to read. They provide much insight on the human condition and is a must read for all avid bookworms, and even non-bookworms, out there.
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