Oedipus the King

Oedipus the King

A New Translation

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Among the most celebrated plays of ancient Athens, Oedipus the King is one of seven surviving dramas by the great Greek playwright, Sophocles, now available from Harper Perennial in a vivid and dynamic new translation by award-winning poet Robert Bagg. Praised by Aristotle as the pinnacle of Greek drama, Oedipus the King is the ancient world's most shocking and memorable tragedy; the story of Thebes's resilient hero and his royal family brought to hellish ruin by fate, manipulation of the Olympian gods, and all-too-human weakness. This is Sophocles, vibrant and alive, for a new generation.
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, [2012, c2004]
Edition: 1 st. ed.
Copyright Date: ©2012, c2004
ISBN: 9780062132086
Characteristics: xxxii, 139 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Bagg, Robert


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Mar 05, 2016

An amazing Greek tragedy, showing Oedipus' pride, ignorance, and vanity before revealing his shame and horror at his identity and actions. Oedipus looks into his past and the past of Thebes in order to heal his sickened city, but in his search to see the truth, realizes that he has truly been blind his whole life.

medina_musical_bee Jun 04, 2015

Oedipus the king was a strange story about prophecies. I thought that this play was very predictable and i would not recommend this book. It did however convey a strange point of not being able to change the future and the prophecy told.

Oct 29, 2013

Wow! A very intense play with quite an unusual and very original type of plot.


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Jun 09, 2014

Oedipus the King by Sophocles is a book about a man whose life was predetermined from the day he was born. He was destined to murder his father and marry his mother and he did not become aware of this prophecy until he was a young man. He was adopted but he did not know he was so he ran away from his family and on his way to a new life he killed his father. When he got to his new place he tied the knot with his mother. He fulfilled the prophecies that were prophesied the day he was born.


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