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Sophocles: Antigone, Oedipus the King, Electra
on 3 May 2014
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.