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The Theban Plays: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone

The Theban Plays: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone

By: Sophocles, Sir George Young

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The stirring tale of a legendary royal family's fall and ultimate redemption, the Theban trilogy endures as the crowning achievement of Greek drama. Sophocles' three-play cycle, chronicling Oedipus's search for the truth and its tragic results, remains essential reading for English and classical studies majors as well as for all students of Western civilization.
Oedipus Rex unfolds amid a city in the relentless grip of a plague. When an oracle proclaims that only an act of vengeance will lift the curse from Thebes, King Oedipus vows to bring a murderer to justice. His quest engenders a series of keen dramatic ironies, culminating in the fulfillment of a dreaded prophecy. Oedipus at Colonus finds the former ruler in exile. Old and blind, he seeks a peaceful place to end his torment, but finds only challenges from his reluctant hosts and a summons back to Thebes from his warring sons. The trilogy concludes with Antigone, in which Oedipus's courageous daughter defies her tyrannical uncle in a provocative exploration of the demands of loyalty and duty. Includes a selection from the Common Core State Standards Initiative: Oedipus Rex.

Excerpts from The Dramas of Sophocles Rendered in English Verse, Dramatic & Lyric by Sir George Young, published by J. M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., London, 1906.
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ISBN 10048645049X
ISBN 139780486450490
Author/EditorSophocles, Sir George Young
Page Count176
Dimensions5 3/16 x 8 1/4

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