The Three Theban Plays

The Three Theban Plays : Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus

By (author) Sophocles , Translated by Robert Fagles , Introduction by Bernard M. W. Knox


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Antigone defending her integrity and ideals to the death, Oedipus questing for his identity and achieving immortality - these heroic figures have moved playgoers and readers since the fifth century BC. Towering over the rest of Greek tragedy, these plays are among the most enduring and timeless dramas ever written. Robert Fagles' translation conveys all of Sophocles' 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.

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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 109.22 x 177.8 x 12.7mm | 22.68g
  • 31 May 1984
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London
  • English, Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
  • illustrations, bibliography
  • 0140444254
  • 9780140444254
  • 5,316

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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.

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Three Theban Plays entitled Antigone, Oedipus the King, and Oedipus at Colonus.

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