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The Three Theban Plays: 'Antigone', 'Oedipus the King', 'Oedipus at Colonus' (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 26 Apr 1984
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From the Back Cover
Three Theban Plays entitled Antigone, Oedipus the King, and Oedipus at Colonus.
About the Author
Sophocles was born in 496 BC. His long life spanned the rise and decline of the Athenian Empire. He wrote over a hundred plays, many of which are published as Penguin Classics, drawing on a wide and varied range of themes. E.F. Watling translated a range of Greek and Roman plays for Penguin, including the seven plays of Sophocles and the tragedies of Seneca.
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Top Customer Reviews
As for Bernard Knox's introductions, I found they ellucidated the subtle nuances of the plays and enriched my reading experience, all while being riveting reads on their own. Perhaps even worth the price of the book alone, particularly the one introducing Oedipus the King.
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 donw to us, and these 2 are the best.
That said, the translation and supporting text are excellent.
We know that experience of trials past gives strength to present counsel
To help his fellow men with all his power is man's most noble work
Law arms the weaker when the cause is just
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent versions. Designed to
be used on stage. I really felt very close to the dramas
Bought for LAMDA exams. Good translations and a nice collection.Published 4 months ago by Island Girl
I really liked the plays. They were surprisingly interesting since I've never studied them in detail. Worth the read if you're a Literature student!Published 9 months ago by Elaine Espinosa