The Theban Plays

The legends surrounding the royal house of Thebes inspired Sophocles 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 doesn't realise he has committed, and then inflicts a brutal punishment on himself. 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.
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The legends surrounding the royal house of Thebes inspired Sophocles 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 doesn't realise he has committed, and then inflicts a brutal punishment on himself. 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.

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Subtitle:
King Oedipus; Oedipus at Colonus; Antigone
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
E. F. Watling
Contributor(s):
E.F. Watling
ISBN:
9780140440034
Translated from:
Greek, modern (1453-)
Series Title:
Penguin Classics
Audience:
General
Age Group:
18 - UP
Pages:
168
Width (mm):
129
Length (mm):
196
Additional Info:
Sophocles was born in 496 BC. His long life spanned the rise and decline of the Athenian Empire. He wrote over a hundred plays, many of which are published as Penguin Classics, drawing on a wide and varied range of themes. E.F. Watling translated a range of Greek and Roman plays for Penguin, including the seven plays of Sophocles and the tragedies of Seneca.
Table of Contents:
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 .
Weight (g):
136

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