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The Three Theban Plays

Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus

Sophocles Bernard Knox Robert Fagles

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Penguin
01 October 1984
The heroic Greek dramas that have moved theatergoers and readers since the fifth century B.C. Towering over the rest of Greek tragedy, the three plays that tell the story of the fated Theban royal family-Antigone, Oedipus the KingandOedipus at Colonus-are among the most enduring and timeless dramas ever written. Robert Fagles's authoritative and acclaimed translation conveys all of Sophocles's 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.This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by the renowned classicist Bernard Knox. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators.
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Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   317g
ISBN:   9780140444254
ISBN 10:   0140444254
Pages:   432
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Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

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

I know of no better modern English version. -Sir Hugh Lloyd-Jones, Oxford University A marvel of craftsmanship and intelligence. -Emily Vermeule, Harvard University The most impressive verse translations of Sophocles that have been made. -Stephen Spender


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