Sophocles, the Greek tragic dramatist, was born at Colonus near Athens about 496 B.C. Although hopelessness and misfortune plague the characters in his great plays, Sophocles's own life was a long, prosperous one. He was from a good family, well educated, handsome, wealthy, healthy, and highly respected by his fellow Athenians. His first dramatic production, in 468, won the prize over Aeschylus's. He wrote two dozen more plays before 450, by which date he had made important changes in the form of tragedy by adding a third speaking actor to the traditional two, by reducing the importance of the chorus, and... Read More
Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics On Sale: April 1, 1991 Price: $6.99
Edited with an introduction and prefatory comments on each play by Moses Hadas, who also revised and modernized the translations of Richard Claverhouse Jebb. Includes: Ajax; Electra; Oedipus the King; Antigone; Trachinian Women; Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus.Read more >
Format: Hardcover, 280 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library On Sale: October 18, 1994 Price: $20.00
The legends surrounding Oedipus of Thebes and his ill-fated offspring provide the subject matter for Sophocles’ three greatest plays, which together represent Greek drama at the pinnacle of its achievement. Oedipus the King, the most famous of the three, has been characterized by critics from Aristotle to Coleridge as the perfect exemplar...
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