9780140440034

Theban Plays : King Oedipus; Oedipus at Colonus; Antigone

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  • ISBN13:

    9780140440034

  • ISBN10:

    0140440038

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/1970
  • Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS

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Summary

The legends surrounding the royal house of Thebes inspired Sophocles (496-46 BC) to create a powerful trilogy about 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 ability. 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7(16)
The Theban Legend
23(46)
King Oedipus
25(44)
The Legend Continued
69(56)
Oedipus at Colonus
71(54)
The Legend Continued
125(38)
Antigone
126(37)
Notes to `King Oedipus' 163(2)
Notes to `Oedipus at Colonus' 165(2)
Notes to `Antigone' 167

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