The Theban Plays Book
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The Theban Plays


  • Author : Sophocles
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 1973-04-26
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9780141905648

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The Theban Plays Excerpt :

King Oedipus/Oedipus at Colonus/Antigone Three towering works of Greek tragedy depicting the inexorable downfall of a doomed royal dynasty The legends surrounding the house of Thebes inspired Sophocles to create this powerful trilogy about humanity's struggle against fate. King Oedipus is the devastating portrayal of a ruler who brings pestilence to Thebes for crimes he does not realize he has committed and then inflicts a brutal punishment upon himself. Oedipus at Colonus provides a fitting conclusion to the life of the aged and blinded king, while Antigone depicts the fall of the next generation, through the conflict between a young woman ruled by her conscience and a king too confident of his own authority. Translated with an Introduction by E. F. WATLING

Three Theban Plays Book

Three Theban Plays


  • Author : Sophocles
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2014-06-26
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 1497367328

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Three Theban Plays Excerpt :

"The tyrant is a child of PrideWho drinks from his sickening cup Recklessness and vanity,Until from his high crest headlongHe plummets to the dust of hope."Theses heroic Greek dramas have moved theatergoers and readers since the fifth century B.C. They tower above other tragedies and have a place on the College Board AP English reading list.

Oedipus the King Book

Oedipus the King


  • Author : Sophocles
  • Publisher : Franklin Classics Trade Press
  • Release Date : 2018-11-10
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 140
  • ISBN 10 : 0353264105

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Oedipus the King Excerpt :

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

Oedipus the King and Antigone Book

Oedipus the King and Antigone


  • Author : Sophocles
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2014-09-08
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 107
  • ISBN 10 : 9781118818640

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Oedipus the King and Antigone Excerpt :

Translated and edited by Peter D. Arnott, this classic and highly popular edition contains two essential plays in the development of Greek tragedy-Oedipus the King and Antigone-for performance and study. The editor's introduction contains a brief biography of the playwright and a description of Greek theater. Also included are a list of principal dates in the life of Sophocles and a bibliography.

The Theban Plays Book

The Theban Plays


  • Author : Sophocles
  • Publisher : Hackett Publishing
  • Release Date : 2001-12-01
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 245
  • ISBN 10 : 9781585106264

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The Theban Plays Excerpt :

This anthology includes English translations of three plays of Sophocles' Oidipous Cycle: Antigone, King Oidipous, and Oidipous at Colonus. The trilogy includes an introductory essay on Sophocles life, ancient theatre, and the mythic and religious background of the plays. Each of these plays is available from Focus in a single play edition. Focus Classical Library provides close translations with notes and essays to provide access to understanding Greek culture.

Three Other Theban Plays Book

Three Other Theban Plays


  • Author : Aeschylus
  • Publisher : Hackett Publishing
  • Release Date : 2016-02-11
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781624664731

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Three Other Theban Plays Excerpt :

Though now associated mainly with Sophocles' Theban Plays and Euripides' Bacchae, the theme of Thebes and its royalty was a favorite of ancient Greek poets, one explored in a now lost epic cycle, as well as several other surviving tragedies. With a rich Introduction that sets three of these plays within the larger contexts of Theban legend and of Greek tragedy in performance, Cecelia Eaton Luschnig’s annotated translation of Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes, Euripides' Suppliants, and Euripides' Phoenician Women offers a brilliant constellation of less familiar Theban plays—those dealing with the war between Oedipus’ sons, its casualties, and survivors.

The Three Theban Plays Book
Score: 4
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The Three Theban Plays


  • Author : Sophocles
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 1984-02-07
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 436
  • ISBN 10 : 0140444254

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The Three Theban Plays Excerpt :

The heroic Greek dramas that have moved theatergoers and readers since the fifth century B.C. Towering over the rest of Greek tragedy, the three plays that tell the story of the fated Theban royal family—Antigone, Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus—are among the most enduring and timeless dramas ever written. Robert Fagles's authoritative and acclaimed translation conveys all of Sophocles's lucidity and power: the cut and thrust of his dialogue, his ironic edge, the surge and majesty of his choruses and, above all, the agonies and triumphs of his characters. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by the renowned classicist Bernard Knox. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The Art of Poetry Book

The Art of Poetry


  • Author : Christine Perrin
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2010-01-31
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 268
  • ISBN 10 : 1600510418

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The Art of Poetry Excerpt :

Discusses the basic elements and formal history of poetry and how to get involved with groups, workshops, and other community-based activities, with biographies of and examples from sources such as Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and Walt Whitman and an audio CD featuring a reading of many of the poems.

Oedipus at Colonus Book

Oedipus at Colonus


  • Author : Sophocles
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2020-05-05
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 82
  • ISBN 10 : 9781504062831

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Oedipus at Colonus Excerpt :

The ancient Greek tragedy about the exiled king’s final days—and the power struggle between his two sons. The second book in the trilogy that begins with Oedipus Rex and concludes with Antigone, Oedipus at Colonus is the story of an aged and blinded Oedipus anticipating his death as foretold by an earlier prophecy. Accompanied by his daughters, Antigone and Ismene, he takes up residence in the village of Colonus near Athens—where the locals fear his very presence will curse them. Nonetheless they allow him to stay, and Ismene informs him his sons are battling each other for the throne of Thebes. An oracle has pronounced that the location of their disgraced father’s final resting place will determine which of them is to prevail. Unfortunately, an old enemy has his own plans for the burial, in this heart-wrenching play about two generations plagued by misfortune from the world’s great ancient Greek tragedian.

The Heroic Temper Book
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The Heroic Temper


  • Author : Bernard M. Knox
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 1964
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 209
  • ISBN 10 : 0520049578

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The Heroic Temper Excerpt :

The first two chapters of this book isolate and describe the literary phenomenon of the Sophoclean tragic hero. In all but one of the extant Sophoclean dramas, a heroic figure who is compounded of the same literary elements faced a situation which is essentially the same. The demonstration of this recurrent pattern is made not through character-analysis, but through a close examination of the language employed by both the hero and those with whom he contends. The two chapters attempt to present what might, with a slight exaggeration, be called the "formula" of Sophoclean tragedy. A great artist may repeat a structural pattern but he never really repeats himself. In the remaining four chapters, a close analysis of three plays, the Antigone, Philoctetes, and Oedipus at Colonus, emphasizes the individuality and variety of the living figures Sophocles created on the same basic armature. This approach to Sophoclean drama is (as in the author's previous work on the subject) both historical and critical; the universal and therefore contemporary appeal of the plays is to be found not by slighting or dismissing their historical context, but by an attempt to understand it all in its complexity. "The play needs to be seen as what it was, to be understood as what it is."

The Oresteia Book

The Oresteia


  • Author : Aeschylus,
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2014-04-24
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781472521705

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The Oresteia Excerpt :

First performed in 458BC, Aeschylus's trilogy of plays - known collectively as The Oresteia - remains perhaps the great masterpiece of Ancient tragic drama. Telling the bloody story of the House of Atreus, Aeschylus's tragedy stages an eternal debate about justice and revenge that remains relevant more than two millenia later. Now available in the Bloomsbury Revelations series in this classic and authoritative translation by Hugh Lloyd-Jones, this book contains the text of all three plays - Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers and The Eumenides - with extensive scholarly annotation throughout.

Oedipus the King and Other Tragedies Book

Oedipus the King and Other Tragedies


  • Author : Sophocles
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-03
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780192806857

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Oedipus the King and Other Tragedies Excerpt :

Oedipus the King * Aias * Philoctetes * Oedipus at Colonus Sophocles stands as one of the greatest dramatists of all time, and one of the most influential on artists and thinkers over the centuries. In these four tragedies he portrays the extremes of human suffering and emotion, turning the heroic myths into supreme works of poetry and dramatic action. Oedipus the King follows Oedipus, the 'man of sorrow', who has unwittingly chosen to enact his prophesied course by murdering his father and marrying his mother. In Aias, the great warrior confronts the harrowing humiliation inflicted upon him, while Philoctetes sees a once-noble hero nursing his resentment after ten years of marooned isolation. In Oedipus at Colonus the blind Oedipus, who has wandered far and wide as a beggar, finally meets his mysterious death. These original and distinctive verse translations convey the vitality of Sophocles' poetry and the vigour of the plays in performance. Each play is accompanied by an introduction and substantial notes on topographical and mythical references and interpretation. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Oedipus at Thebes Book

Oedipus at Thebes


  • Author : Bernard Knox
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 1998-01-01
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 281
  • ISBN 10 : 0300074239

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Oedipus at Thebes Excerpt :

Examines the way in which Sophocles' play "Oedipus Tyrannus" and its hero, Oedipus, King of Thebes, were probably received in their own time and place, and relates this to twentieth-century receptions and interpretations, including those of Sigmund Freud.

The Complete Sophocles Book
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The Complete Sophocles


  • Author : Sophocles
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 430
  • ISBN 10 : 9780195387827

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The Complete Sophocles Excerpt :

Herbert Golder also served as General Editor. --Book Jacket.

Ten Plays Book
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Ten Plays


  • Author : Euripides
  • Publisher : Bantam Classics
  • Release Date : 1981
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 358
  • ISBN 10 : 9780553213638

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Ten Plays Excerpt :

Ten extraordinary dramatic works by the ancient Greek playwright offer a satirical and insightful view of classical Athenian society in such works as Medea, The Trojan Women, Electra, and Iphegenia at Aulis, among others. Reissue.