- Hardcover: 430 pages
- Publisher: Publisher; Reprint edition (Nov. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439513732
- ISBN-13: 978-1439513736
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 483,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Three Theban Plays (Penguin Classics) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2008
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From the Back Cover
Three Theban Plays entitled Antigone, Oedipus the King, and Oedipus at Colonus. --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.
About the Author
Sophocles (c. 497/6 BCE – winter 406/5 BCE) is one of three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived. His first plays were written later than those of Aeschylus, and earlier than or contemporary with those of Euripides. According to the Suda, a 10th-century encyclopedia, Sophocles wrote 123 plays during the course of his life, but only seven have survived in a complete form: Ajax, Antigone, The Women of Trachis, Oedipus the King, Electra, Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus. For almost 50 years, Sophocles was the most-feted playwright in the dramatic competitions of the city-state of Athens that took place during the religious festivals of the Lenaea and the Dionysia. He competed in around 30 competitions, won perhaps 24, and was never judged lower than second place. Aeschylus won 14 competitions, and was sometimes defeated by Sophocles, while Euripides won only 4 competitions. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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.
By today's standards the plot is simple and the cast pared down with little by way of scenic backdrop. However, the characters are fantastic and the themes so modern that the plays are very easy to read (as well as being quite short) as well as having a metaphysical quality all of their own.
That said, the translation and supporting text are excellent.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Penguin can always be trusted. Great intro and analysis included to support the text.Published 2 months ago by bluenit25
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 7 months ago by Island Girl