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on 28 May 2017
The quality of the book is good and it meets the expectation.
Packaging was good and the delivery date was as indicated.
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on 10 April 2017
Excellent
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 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.
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on 12 July 2012
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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on 27 July 2017
Got this for my daughter as this was required reading for 1st year English at Uni. One of 12 suggested books to read by the the Uni.
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on 7 August 2017
great
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on 28 October 2015
Bought for course work
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on 4 April 2013
The Oxford World's Classics volume contains three of the seven plays by Sophocles that have survived the past 2,500 years. These three tragedies are probably his best known works, and the dilemma or conflict at the heart of each one of them is as painful and powerful today as ever. Characters such as Oedipus and Antigone, with the strength to act on the values they hold dear - even if it brings ruin and death - are both admirable and fearsome.

The translator has taken a few liberties with the text to make them more `performable' in English, though the amendments are few and are duly highlighted in the notes. Sophocles is one of the founding fathers of theatre and, as such, should be part of every school curriculum.
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on 7 February 2013
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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on 6 December 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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