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Antigone, Oedipus the King, Electra

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,588 Ratings  ·  153 Reviews
This volume contains three masterpieces by the Greek playwright Sophocles, widely regarded since antiquity as the greatest of all the tragic poets. The vivid translations, which combine elegance and modernity, are remarkable for their lucidity and accuracy, and are equally suitable for reading for pleasure, study, or theatrical performance. The selection of Antigone, Oedip ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 5th 1994 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published -429)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Antigone / Oedipus the King / Electra, Sophocles
Cody Joe Bärfuß
Don't get me wrong, Sophocles is a great playwright. But could Oedipus have really been that stupid. If someone made the prophesy that you would kill your father and make your mother your wife, don’t you think you would have been a little more cautious. Don't you think at any point he would have said "Hey, that guy is old enough to be my father an he looks a little like me. I probably shouldn’t kill him." Or perhaps he would have said "This lady is hot!...too bad she is old enough to be my mothe ...more
Abeer
(gunna add my arabic homework for my media class (Dramatic Arts)

يصعب أحيانا على قارىء في القرن الواحد والعشرين فهم التراجيديات اليواننية لكونها سابقة لافكار و معلومات و حركات إجتماعية غيرت تفكير الإنسان المعاصر. ولكن عادةً ما يكون جوهر و فكرة المسرحية فكرة عالمية تتجاوز حدود الوقت و المكان.
مسرحية أنتيجونا هي جزء من ثلاثية ثيب لسوفوقليس، تتمحور حول أنتيجونا، إبنة الملك السابق أوديب الذي تعرفنا عليه في مسرحية أوديب ملكا، و هو الملك الذي يبدو وقد حكم علية بلعنةٍ يستحيل تفاديها و هي أن يقتل أباه و
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Whitney Atkinson
Read Oedipus the King for class, really enjoyed it. (not enjoying this analysis im gonna have to do after submitting this review tho)

our book also includes antigone and though i read it sophomore year, i might reread it!
Ken
I got sick of teaching Romeo & Juliet because the damned coincidences and the stupidity (esp. of Romeo) and the dramatic irony weighing so heavily on the reader/sucker just got to me. So instead, I began teaching A Midsummer Night's Dream where everyone is an ass of a different color.

Well, reading (and in two cases, rereading) these long-time-no-see tragedies reminded me of that. If only this one knew what that one knew or that one thought to think of what this one thanks to thoughts. Antig
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Carmen
May 12, 2011 Carmen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: plays
It’s no disgrace for a man, even a wise man, to learn many things and not be too rigid. You’ve seen many trees by a raging winter torrent, how many sway with the flood and salvage every twig, but not the stubborn—they’re ripped out, roots and all. Bend or break.

This incredibly powerful and moving play was written well over two thousand years ago, yet it is as relevant and relatable as ever. Antigone's immovable conviction is tragically squared against Creon's regal pride, both as stubborn as oxe
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Serena Garcia
The story of Oedipus the King is about a King named Oedipus who is the ruler of a city called Thebes. A curse has befallen on this city and Oedipus sends someone for Apollo to find out why it's happening. He learns that the curse is due to the fact that their last king, Laius, was murdered and if they find out who the killer is, the curse in Thebes would be lifted. With that, a series of events ends up happening to Oedipus from being accused to being the murderer of Laius to just a whole bunch o ...more
Amanda
Apr 06, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Greek playwright Sophocles was and still is thought of one of the most renowned and skilled masters of his time. Of his works only seven have survived, one of which is the play Oedipus the king. The play is widely considered to be the high point in Greek literature and has set itself apart from its counterparts by virtue of its excellence. The play is the first of three works written by Sophocles concerning the fate of Oedipus and his children. It is a tale of a man struggling against the sh ...more
Josh Kells
Before I begin my review I should say I only read Oedipus the King ark for my AP literature class. For the book being translated, it was a lot easier to read than most other "translated books" because with how they interperated most of Sophocles language it is very readable. When I first began the book, I honestly thought it threw us straight in the middle of the main issue/problem, which was not my favorite thing about the book at all, got a little confusing. On top of being thrown in the middl ...more
Jenny
Jan 30, 2016 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great but Oedipus is so blind and is so prideful
Jordan LeMasonry
Apr 10, 2016 Jordan LeMasonry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I could give 4.5 stars, I probably would for Sophocles. Every lecturer I've spoken to, every critic I've read, praises him as the greatest Tragedian of all time, and while I am in no position to disagree with any of them, I cannot help but find issues with that. Sophocles, unlike Euripides - whose plays were so unequivocally "human" - and Aeschylus - who took a starkly Modern approach to writing Tragedy - Sophocles' plays were political.

There's nothing wrong with politics. I've said many tim
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Alessandro Miranda
We read Oedipus the king in our English 10 class, it is about a Oedipus the King having to take care of these after the terrible course than fell on them. Someone had killed Louise and Oedipus is the one looking for the killer while Creon his brother in law knows that the killer is from these. Creon is a smart character who do sent want the throne but in Oedipus's eyes he does. There is a lot of conflicts like character vs character and character vs self. Creon and Oedipus fight for power, and ...more
Tim Andrews
Sep 03, 2015 Tim Andrews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I just pulled this Oxford World's Classic edition down off the shelves where its been sitting for about 15 years (the imprint is 1998) to reread Oedipus the King. I had been tackling Murakami's Kafka on the Shore which has a central Oedipal theme, and felt the need to go back to the original. There's not much new that anyone can say about Oedipus I guess, but Murakami gives these interesting lines to one of his characters "Man doesn't chose fate. Fate choses man... And the sense of tragedy - acc ...more
Paul
Jan 12, 2008 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The play is great of course, and very fun to teach. Creon is such a bastard and the teenagers love that his teenage son is the only sane character. What I really want to recommend is this version, put out by Cambridge. The translation is excellent and uses modern language well, and the notes on the side do an excellent job of putting all the references the Greeks would have taken for granted in cultural context. Totally changes the way you understand the play.
Julia
Jun 06, 2016 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oedipus the King is a short story that covers the actions of a Greek king. Oedipus is a tragic hero and suffers a tragic downfall throughout the story. He is on a hunt to find the man who killed the late king of Thebes. He is overly pompous about his authority and makes a spectacle out of this crime. Oedipus comes from a different city state and he was told by an oracle that he would come to kill his father and bed his mother. He had moved away from his hometown to avoid his fate. He realizes th ...more
Hazel
Feb 19, 2011 Hazel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Out of the three tragedies Antigone was my definitely my favorite. The story goes that the dead are the dead and should be regarded as such. By this I mean that you can punish someone who is alive, but you should respect them in death for they cannot defend themselves. Antigone goes to great lengths just to make a point about this. The other two plays are also thought-provoking and just as magnificent to read.
Dedrick Moore
Dec 09, 2015 Dedrick Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oedipus The King is about this King and Obviously his name is Oedipus he is the ruler of City the City is called Thebes. This playwright is written by Sophocles. Some strange curse have fallen upon the city and King Oedipus send Apollo what is happening and why. They find out why the curse was brought upon Thebes they find out that their last king Laius was murdered. They have to find out who killed their last king Laius to get the curse lifted off the city. This play is filled with drama everyo ...more
Claire Sinden
Apr 06, 2012 Claire Sinden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-books
As massive classical nut, I had to get my hands on Sophocles' Electra after being force fed the dribble that is Euripedes' version. For all Electra enthusiasts, I recommend reading other translations - a favourite being Anne Carsons. And then get yourself onto youtube to watch Strauss' operatic version of Hofmannsthal's. Electra geek FTW!
Jaznee
Aug 06, 2013 Jaznee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well I guess this is why my English teacher loves me because I love reading books beyond my jurisdiction...I really like this story I haven't yet read all three but I've read the last one because for some reason that's the order we have to read them in AP English but I'm really looking forward to reading them all
Kylie
Jul 10, 2016 Kylie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely one of my top classics. Rereading Oedipus Rex and Antigone at a later age, I came away with a surer grip on the emotions of the plays than I had the first time; Oedipus's horror at his damned, incestuous relationship with his own mother - at having sired his own brothers and sisters - was more visceral and disturbing, and Antigone's anger and courage were on par with that of the gods. I'd never read Electra, though, and I really, really enjoyed it. It's one of the best revenge stories ...more
Andrew Shulzhenko
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دينا سليمان
رائعة من روائع المسرح التراجيدى اليونانى....توقفت كثيرا اثناء القراءة لأسأل نفس السؤل.. كم قرن مضت على كتابة هذه الروائع.. وأين نحن الان منها؟؟
sahar salman
Nov 27, 2014 sahar salman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always heard the name Oedipus, although I did not know his story until I read Sigmund Freud books about Oedipus complex. From there, I searched about him letting myself to know more about his story through a lot of articles and art works. However, in my 3rd year in collage, Drama Course was in my study plan and we had to study the history of Greek theater, and Sophocles book "Oedipus The King".
I spent the happiest time while reading it, and analyze it with my teacher. Of course it was a very
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Dylan
Oedipus king of Thebes, unknowingly having murdered his father and married his mother in an attempt to escape fate. A curse has fallen upon Thebes, and is said only to be lifted after if the murderer of the former king is punished. Oedipus looks further into the truth and discovers his true past, and as a result, his life falls apart; he is blinded and banishes himself.

Set in Thebes, in ancient Greece
Oedipus - King of Thebes
Creon- Oedipus' brother-in-law
Jocasta - Oedipus' wife; Queen of Thebes
Te
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Jack Hrkach
Aug 14, 2015 Jack Hrkach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply some of the greatest theatre ever created, and created just after the dawn of western theatre - indispensable to read, to see, to be performed/produced. If you've been putting it off, shame on you - get to it!

ps - a problem with Goodreads is that they generally are unable to figure out that I have read and may have rated all of these plays before - it is impossible that when I first joined I didn't place the first two at least into the "Read" category...ah well, always happy to keep at th
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Mai Elhosseiny
Apr 14, 2015 Mai Elhosseiny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really appreciate this play and the great playwright "Sophocles".. the play describes the tragic events that lead Oedipus to murder his father and marry his mother,unaware of their true identities.Oedipus begins with a city stricken by a plague, but as the play progresses the plague is forgotten, and the emphasis shifts completely from the question,"Who killed Laius, king of Thebes?". The oracle sets the mold for Oedipus 's fate. Though guided by the Oracle, Oedipus is also an agent of free wi ...more
Charlotte Edmunds
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Emma Dickson
Jun 06, 2016 Emma Dickson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Vir L Humphrey
De estas tragedias griegas estoy poniendo la primera edición que encuentro, porque en muchas de ellas no encuentro la edición que he leído (incluso puede que ni siquiera esté). Ahora es el turno de Edipo rey, que, seguramente, sea de las más conocidas de todas las que estoy leyendo. La historia (bueno, apenas hay historia) es bien simple, y gira en torno al ya conocido mito de Edipo.
No está mal, pero tampoco es la mejor que he leído. Me ha resultado algo tediosa, aunque tiene algunas frases que
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Amir Atef
Jun 29, 2014 Amir Atef rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رواية أوديب ملكاً هي أعظم مأساه كتبت وتم تأديتها على المسرح في التاريخ ، كتبت عام 474 قبل الميلاد، حبكة متقنة وحوار أكثر من رائع، كانت وستظل نموذجا هاما في فن المأساه، حوار يفوق الوصف، شخصية أوديب لسوفوكليس ليست مجرد عمل فني كبير لشاعر عظيم ، وليست كذلك شخصية كلاسيكية تمثل العصر الذي نشأت فيه فقط، إنما هي تعبر عن طموح الإنسان وتحديه للآلهة واختراقه المناطق المحظورة.
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أحداثها حيكت بريشة كاتب متميز لا يضاهيه أحد ـ وإن كنت أحب يوربيديس ـ لكن كلامي هذا للإنصاف، أحداث مشوقة بدءا بالنبوءة ثم الالقاء في
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Sophocles (Greek: Σοφοκλής; German editions: Sophokles, Russian: Софокл) was an ancient Greek tragedy playwright. Not many things are known about his life other than that he was wealthy, well educated and wrote about one hundred and twenty three plays (of which few are extant). One of his best known plays is 'Oedipus the King' (Oedipus Rex).
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