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TheTheban Plays

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Sophocles was born in 496 BC. His long life spanned the rise and decline of the Athenian Empire. ... Read More

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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.

King Oedipus/Oedipus at Colonus/Antigone

Three towering works of Greek tragedy depicting the inexorable downfall of a doomed royal dynasty


The legends surrounding the house of Thebes inspired Sophocles to create this powerful trilogy about humanity's struggle against fate. King Oedipus is the devastating portrayal of a ruler who brings pestilence to Thebes for crimes he does not realize he has committed and then inflicts a brutal punishment upon himself. 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 of his own authority.

Translated with an Introduction by E. F. WATLING

Product Details

Title: TheTheban Plays
Author: SophoclesE. WatlingE. Watling
SKU: BK0446507
EAN: 9780140440034

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