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Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

Oedipus Rex

by Sophocles

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Series: Oedipus Cycle (1)

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Enduring Literature Illuminated by Practical Scholarship One noble family's descent into madness, mayhem, and murder -- the first play in Sophocles' great Theban trilogy. This Enriched Classic Edition includes: * A concise introduction that gives readers important background information * Timelines of significant events in Greek history and theater that provide the book's historical context * An outline of key themes and plot points to help readers form their own interpretations * Detailed explanatory notes * Critical analysis and modern perspectives on the work * Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction * A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience Enriched Classics offer readers affordable editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and insightful commentary. The scholarship provided in Enriched Classics enables readers to appreciate, understand, and enjoy the world's finest books to their full potential. Series edited by Cynthia Brantley Johnson… (more)

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A standard morality play. ( )
  Velmeran | Jan 26, 2019 |
'Pixie Lattman Barnard '49' ; her amusing notes on rear endpapers
  ajapt | Dec 30, 2018 |
Part 1 of my senior English study of tragedy. We're comparing Oedipus, Hamlet, and Death of a Salesman.

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  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
Although not as poetic as Heaney, this is a very readable translation. It’s helped along by a very useful introduction that gives a historical context to the play. My one complaint is about the author’s use of footnotes rather than endnotes - the presence of notes at the bottom of each page distracts from the flow of the work, and prevents a smooth understanding of the poetry. Otherwise, very good. ( )
  NKarman | Feb 26, 2018 |
I am nerdy enough to regret the holes in my classical reading and occasionally try to fill them in.

Having just completed reading Kafka on the Shore, I decided to read this thinking perhaps it would help me to have a deeper understanding of Murakami's work.

Everyone pretty much knows the story: At birth it is predicted that Oedeipus will kill his father and sleep with his mother.

He's gone to great lengths to leave his father's country and become king over a neighboring land in order to avoid his fate.

But there is no escaping fate. Andy by the time he's learned the true circumstances of his birth, the prophecy has already come true.

I also watched a video of the play with Douglass Campbell and Eleanor Stuart and directed by Abraham Polonsky. Although a different translation, it followed closely and greatly helped my appreciation and enjoyment.
  streamsong | Oct 15, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
SophoclesAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Angèli, PietroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Boutens, P.C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burgess, AnthonyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buschor, ErnstTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Campbell, LewisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Castellanos i Vila, JoanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dawe, R. D.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
De Waele, E.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
De Waele, E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Engelman, JanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grene, DavidTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hofmannsthal, Hugo vonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jebb, Richard ClaverhouseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Knox, Bernard M.W.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Koolschijn, GerardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
MANZU', GiacomoIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Murray, GilbertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schoorel, WaltherCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Storr, FrancisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Straat, EvertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
VALGIMIGLI, ManaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilder, ThorntonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Young, Sir GeorgeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Eight Great Tragedies by Sylvan Barnet

Nine Greek Dramas by Æschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes by Charles William Eliot

De grekiska tragedierna : Aiskylos, Sofokles, Euripides ; i översättning av Tord Bæckström by Aischylos

Antigone / Oedipus Rex / Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles

Antigone; Electra; Oedipus the King; Philoctetes by Sophocles

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