The Theban Plays

The Theban Plays

King Oedipus; Oedipus at Colonus; Antigone


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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140440034
  • 176 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • 18 and up

Overview

‘O Light! May I never look on you again,
Revealed as I am, sinful in my begetting,
Sinful in marriage, sinful in shedding of blood!’

The legends surrounding the royal house of Thebes inspired Sophocles (496–406 BC) to create a powerful trilogy of mankind’s struggle against fate. King Oedipus tells of a man who brings pestilence to Thebes for crimes he does not realise he has committed, and then inflicts a brutal punishment upon himself. With profound insights into the human condition, it is a devastating portrayal of a ruler brought down by his own oath. 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 in his own authority.

E. F. Watling’s masterful translation is accompanied by an introduction, which examines the central themes of the plays, the role of the Chorus, and the traditions and staging of Greek tragedy.

The Theban Plays

The Theban Plays

Sophocles, Introduction by: E. F. Watling, Translator: E. F. Watling

Praise

“[Oedipus the King] is Sophocles’ most famous play and the most celebrated play of Greek drama . . . Aristotle cites it as the best model for a tragic plot . . . Freud recognized the play’s power to dramatize the process by which we uncover hidden truths about ourselves . . . Sophocles is more interested in how Oedipus pieces together the isolated fragments of his past to discover who and what he is and in tracing the hero’s response to this new vision of himself.”—from the Introduction by Charles Segal

Table of Contents

The Theban PlaysIntroduction

The Theban Legend

King Oedipus

The Legend Continued

Oedipus at Colonus

The Legend Continued

Antigone

Notes to King Oedipus
Notes to Oedipus at Colonus
Notes to Antigone

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