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The Complete Plays of Sophocles (The Seven Plays in English Verse)

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One of the most famous poets from classical antiquity, Sophocles was one of three important ancient Greek tragedians, the others being Aeschylus and Euripides. Writing during the 5th century BC, Sophocles created some one hundred and twenty three plays during his lifetime, of which only seven have survived in their entirety. Included in this edition are those seven complet ...more
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Published January 1st 2011 by Neeland Media LLC (first published 1879)
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Guillermo Jiménez
Por alguna razón que no me explico, sentí la imperiosa necesidad de releer Antígona. Quizá fue alguna referencia directa en alguna película u otro libro. Algún eco.

Cuando agarré el tomo completo de Tragedias de Sófocles y comencé a leer Antígona, me propuse releer todas y leer por primera vez Áyax.

Fue un muy agradable viaje. En más de un sentido: mientras recordaba al Guillermo que leyó por primera vez a Sófocles en los primeros semestres de Letras, descubría que recordaba muy poco, no ya de lo
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Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)
I finished this new volume of translations of the seven existing plays by Sophocles last night. I unhesitatingly recommend this new work of the translators, Robert Bagg and James Scully, as they really did an outstanding job of presenting these powerful dramas with lyricism and impact. For your information, I am providing a list of the plays in the collection and the primary translator--
Aias (James Scully)
Women of Trakhis (Robert Bagg)
Philoktetes (James Scully)
Elektra (Robert Bagg)
Oedipus the K
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Rosa
Mar 23, 2013 Rosa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aias - 3 Stars
Women of Trakhis - 5 Stars
Philoktetes - 4 Stars
Elektra - 4 Stars
Oedipus the King - 4 Stars
Oedipus at Kolonos - 5 Stars
Antigone - 5 Stars

A beautiful, simple translation. I only wish more than 7 of Sophocles' 125 plays had survived.
Omar BaRass
Apr 20, 2016 Omar BaRass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ليست هذه قراءة حقيقية لسوفوكليس. ولكن نتيجة لقراءة عدة كتب للأدب الإغريقي كان اهتمامي يتزايد أكثر فأكثر لرائعة سوفوكليس "أوديب الملك" تلك المسرحيةالتي كتبت بعناية عظيمة وبقدر رهيب من الدقة،حيث لو أن فعل واحد لم يحدث لما اكتملت بذور المأساة فيها. القراءةمخصصة لتاريخ لعنة النسب


حدث مرة أن كانت أوروبا ابنة أجينور ملك صور تتمدد على شاطيء البحر حينما اقترب منها ثور أبيض، فاستأنسته وأخذت تداعبه حتى اختطفها الثور نحو جزيرة كريت. لم يكن هذا الثور سوى زيوس متنكرًا حالما تنبه لجمال أوروبا وأرادها لنفسه.
لم
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Jordi Polo Carres
Es dificil escribir sobre un libro que contiene 7 libros.
Edipo rey - 5
Edipo en colono - 1
Antigona - 3
Ayax - 4
Traquidias - 4
Filoctetes- 2
Electra - 4

Algunas obras son mas interestantes que otras. Por ejemplo en Edipo en Colono realmente no pasa nada, es bastante aburrida pero Ajax o Edipo rey hay relativamente accion.

Lo mas interestante desde mi punto de vista es conocer como se expresaban en aquella epoca y a la vez tener mas detalles sobre ciertos mitos.
El mayor problema, que muchas cosas o
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Joel Mitchell
I had a hard time really getting into this translation by Paul Roche. He maintained the original iambic meter throughout the translation but varied the line lengths to such a degree that I found it very difficult to get into the poetic flow of the plays.

My enjoyment of the tragic plays' content varied somewhat. In general they follow the formula of a character persisting in their thought/words/actions while others try to convince them to do otherwise with, well, tragic consequences for one or mo
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LeDompteur
Nov 24, 2015 LeDompteur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quelqu'un m'a dit que je me fait une grande injustice en choisissant Sophocle pour ma lecture de weekend, parceque, dit-il, grace a ces pièces je trouverai tous les autres ouvres de tous les autres ecrivains fanés. J'ai pensé qu'il exagère beaucoup...mais maintenant après avoir lire ces ouvres je peut comprendre ce qu'il disait. Ici on trouve tous les grandes questions éternelles de notre existence- justice, religion, mortalité, la vie après la mort, les faiblesses humaines, les liens qui formen ...more
Anders
Sep 06, 2015 Anders rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like these translations.
John Pistelli
Jan 01, 2016 John Pistelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, favorites, ancient
It is never a bad time to get right with the classics. After having read Oedipus and Antigone several times in multiple translations (Jebb, Arnott, Fagles) over the years, I decided to read all of Sophocles’s extant plays—a mere seven out of 123 (civilization is fragile; don’t let anyone tell you differently).

I am here reading the version by poet and translator Paul Roche for Signet Classics. According to Wikipedia, Roche was a second-generation Bloomsberrie, enemy to Vanessa Bell and lover of
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Ray
Oct 26, 2013 Ray marked it as own  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, classic
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Giovaennchen Lozano
Este es otro de los libros que leí en la secundaria. Ahora que lo volví a hojear, me sorprende que nos lo hayan dado en aquel entonces. Con razón me costó trabajo. Son las obras del teatro griego más famosas: Ayax, Electra, Edipo Rey, Edipo en Colono, Antígona, Las Traquinias y Filoctetes. Las más famosas que se han representado son Edipo, Electra, y Antígona. Se supone que através de la tragedia se representaban los sentimientos humanos y habría alguna enseñanza a partir de ahí. Todos los actor ...more
Phillip
Feb 13, 2014 Phillip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
Updated Review: Sophocles is a great dramatist, the only play in this collection that I didn't enjoy is The Women of Trachis. Here are my blog posts about the individual plays.
Ajax: http://atheniandionysia.blogspot.com/...
Electra: http://atheniandionysia.blogspot.com/...
Philoctetes: http://atheniandionysia.blogspot.com/...
The Women of Trachis: http://atheniandionysia.blogspot.com/...
Oedipus Rex: http://atheniandionysia.blogspot.com/...
Oedipus at Colonus: http://atheniandionysia.blogspot.com/...
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Michelle
Nov 07, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Antigone by Sophocles
Sophomore English II

I only read the Antigone portion in this compilation.

Antigone was definitely a deep book, about the (short-lived) trials and tribulations of a girl who decides to go against the law in order to follow her beliefs. She does so to save her brother from eternal life as a ghost wandering on Earth (as the Greek beliefs go).

There are many themes involved with this play, some including:
1. In the olden days, no woman would dare speak out and criticize men.
2. So
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Rick
Oct 29, 2012 Rick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
Only seven of the 100 or so plays written by Sophocles have survived intact. Less than 10% of his creative output. It’s a ratio that could drive one to distraction—the odds are long that as great or greater plays as the seven survivors were lost.

Better not to dwell on an unimaginable loss and focus on these seven dramas: Ajax, where the fierce warrior, second only to Achilles, is maddened by a god seeking to stop Ajax from slaying Odysseus, Agamemnon, and Menelaus in a rage over a perceived slig
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David Alexander
Jun 17, 2012 David Alexander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finised reading all of Sophocles plays, except the 116 plays they have not found or have found only in fragments. There is a moral impulse in Sophocles which strikes me as commendable. The first thing I think of when I consider this aspect of his writings is not, "The savage!" but rather of how he, writing thousands of years ago, shared in common with the best of us moral sentiments we commend and recognize as good. There is a timeless good to certain moral acts of mankind. I would even s ...more
Amir Atef
Feb 03, 2015 Amir Atef rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هل تريد يا صديقي أن تكتب ... وتتعلم أصول الكتابة وجذورها ؟
إذن فلتقرأ هذا الكتاب يا صديقي ... ففيه من الدرر ما يجعلك تغترف بنهم دون شبع
سوفوكليس .. أحد أعظم كتاب التاريخ ... هو من علمني شخصيًا أشياء كثيرة في كتابة المشهد ، والساسبنس ومفاجأة الجمهور ... وحاولت أن أرد له بعض من أفضاله عليَّ ... فكتبت اسمه في روايتي مرتين :)
كتابٌ فيه الكثير عن التراجيديا وفن المسرح والكتابة .
البرولوجوس والمنولوجوس والجوقة والاكسيدوس ... أشياء يجب أن تعرفها يا صديق ... قبل أن تمسك قبل وتشرع فى الكتابة ... لا أنكر أن ب
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Amanda
Dec 09, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never read any of Sophocles' plays before and I found them fascinating. I enjoyed reading this edition as there were notes about the Athenian Theater and Tragedy. There were also notes about each play with a little bit of background information and notes and thoughts from other writers. I found this information helpful since I wasn't familiar with many of the characters or story lines. It was definitely an interesting read and would be fun to discuss.
Lucas Johnson
Jan 30, 2016 Lucas Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the colloquial casting of this translation. I am not a fluent reader or speaker of Greek, but I do find that many translations are either flat and academic or attempt to be clever. Most people speak in idiom and rely on emotional content and this is especially the case in plays. Actors are called for when character is necessary for the story to unfold and this is lost in some translations.
Jackson Cyril
There is little I can say about Sophocles that 25 centuries of readers have not already said. I can only insist that understanding of Sophocles (especially the Oedipus cycle) is indispensable to understanding subsequent Western Literature.
Saifullah Al Amin
No wonder that Sophocles, the tragedy maker won 18 out of 30 plays in his lifetime.


The Theban Plays- (ovr- 5 stars)
1. Oedipus the King - 5 Stars
2. Oedipus at Kolonos - 4 Stars
3. Antigone - 5 Stars
Ani
Read Oedipus Rex! I enjoyed it, though it was a tragedy. The translation's great and I couldn't help but read lines out loud :)
Charles
Dec 28, 2015 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greek-mythos
Great, great translations in simple, modern language that is powerful and stark. I love the poetic, near-Hemingway brevity of it that still hits with all kinds of powerful turns of emotion in each play. All the plays were wonderful to read and none felt flat or boring. I actually would love to see performances of any of these plays done. This is the way ancient literature needs to be translated and performed -- it would do wonders to bring popularity to modern audiences. Ancient works like these ...more
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thebes altılısı diyorlar buna. thebes greklerin adana'sı gibi bi yer sanırım. sophocles de adliyede çalışmış olmalı :)
Christina
Nov 02, 2015 Christina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't really to my tastes. I've had to read them before for High School.
Dominic
Sep 10, 2012 Dominic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read "Oedipus at Colonus" in years, but all three plays are timeless.

I don't believe there is a more human story than "Oedipus Rex." If you haven't felt like Oedipus at Fate's complete and life-shattering mercy, than you certainly will--just wait!

The struggle with one's pride is an eternal struggle. We all want to have complete control over our lives; we all want to feel like we can create our own destinies. Unfortunately Life (a.k.a. the Greek gods) loves to throw curveballs. These p
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Softymel
Jan 17, 2013 Softymel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ces tragédies ont beau être antique, elles n'en ont pour autant pas mal vieilli!
Ce n'est pas le cas de tous les auteurs antiques, mais les pièces de Sophocle sont des lectures très agréables, et très facile d’accès. On y retrouve ses personnages de mythologie dont on a tous entendu parler, sans toujours se souvenir de ce qu'ils ont fait. C'est donc une bonne façon de se remémorer ses faits mythologiques qui font parti de notre patrimoine culturelle, tout en passant un agréable moment de lecture
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Daniel Klawitter
Jul 17, 2014 Daniel Klawitter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A single day can level down or up
every human enterprise.
Heaven loves the wise of heart
and with the arrogant will have no part.

--Sophocles, Ajax.
Patrick
Reading THE SECRET HISTORY prompted me to brush up on the actual Classics. The translation is super modernized and accessible, which isn't necessarily a good thing. It felt like reading a text message of the performances. But it did serve to refresh me of the characters, family lineages, history of the Trojan War and the climate in which Sophocles wrote these works. I'm glad to have read this but I wouldn't recommend the translation.
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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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“You, you'll see no more the pain I suffered, all the pain I caused! Too long you looked on the ones you never should have seen, blind to the ones you longed to see, to know! Blind from this hour on! Blind in the darkness-blind!” 7 likes
“ANTIGONE Yea, for these laws were not ordained of Zeus, And she who sits enthroned with gods below, Justice, enacted not these human laws. Nor did I deem that thou, a mortal man, Could’st by a breath annul and override The immutable unwritten laws of Heaven. They were not born today nor yesterday; They die not; and none knoweth whence they sprang. I was not like, who feared no mortal’s frown, To disobey these laws and so provoke The wrath of Heaven.  I knew that I must die, E’en hadst thou not proclaimed it; and if death Is thereby hastened, I shall count it gain. For death is gain to him whose life, like mine, Is full of misery.  Thus my lot appears Not sad, but blissful; for had I endured To leave my mother’s son unburied there, I should have grieved with reason, but not now. And if in this thou judgest me a fool, Methinks the judge of folly’s not acquit.” 1 likes
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