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Antigone / Oedipus the King / Electra

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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, 178 pages
Published September 17th 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published -429)
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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
(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
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!
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
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
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
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
Tim Andrews
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
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.
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.
Claire Sinden
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!
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
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
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
Jack Hrkach
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
Mai Elhosseiny
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
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
Amir Atef
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.
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
Sophocles' plays were an unexpectedly exciting read(I didn't expect much after Euripides' plays, that I very much loved when performed, fell pretty flat as texts). I've seen Oedipus Rex on stage, but it did not leave much of an impression at the time. Now that I've read the play I wonder why that was. It has a lot of powerful scenes and a pervading sense of self-damnation. Oedipus believed himself a clever man, but I think the saying goes that the men that the gods wanted to punish were 'blinded ...more
From my notebook.

On Antigone:

"Antigone is so intransigent, goddamn."

"But I like Ismene... I like her pragmatism, which is not without humanism, which openly confesses her own weakness, her desire to live, and her love for her sister, whom she also fears."

"Noooo please be rational, Antigone."

Ismene: "What life is left to me if I lose you?"


"I don't give a shit about Haemon. Why does Antigone even like him?"

"Creon. You bastard. Welp, at least I know you die in Medea!"

On Oedipus:

"Oh lord. Io
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Kaitlyn H
Oedipus the King was one awesome book. It was a totally different read then I was used too, but in the end it turned out very good. I found that it wasn’t a typical read you would find in highschool, it had a lot of unexpected parts and scandalous sections that were very different from the typical books we used to read.It’s a good fit for almost everyone. There is even a gorey part in there for the typical action packed boy.
Oedipus was written by Sophocles in Athens, Greece around about 441 BCE
John Matthew
I only read Oedipus the King before seeing the play at Stratford later this month.

Even though I was told the plot in Grade 11 (1981), I still remembered it since it is such a big part of our culture.

Nevertheless, the reveal scene was still shocking.

If it was so good on the page, 2,500 years after it was written, it should be even better on the stage.

Good introduction and notes.
Jorge Ulloa
Edipo Rey terminado. Es una muy buena tragedia, a la cual le doy 4 estrellas de 5. Edipo, que no sabe casi nada de su pasado se sorprende por la verdad y llega a ser trágico el final. Bueno, una tragedia es trágica.

"Ya terminando Antígona. No lo disfrute mucho, por unos motivos. Pero puedo decir que es una historia, que como Edipo Rey es una tragedia, y que por decirlo así igual te deja impactado ya que te da noticias trágicas muy de golpe. Unas 3,5 estrellas de 5.

Electra ya es diferente, y que,
Linette Sandrouni
I read Oedipus the King. I really liked the story and the setting of the details and how the whole story unfolds. I just really think it is sad, especially the part when Oedipus asks Creon to take care of his girls. I really felt sorry for Oedipus throughout the play, mainly because he tried to run away from his destiny, but all he was doing was running to it.
لقد قرأت أوديب من قبل لباكثير، و كانت في الحقيقة في قمة الروعة..
و ها أنا أقرأ القصة الأصلية بترجمة طه حسين..
و لكن دومًا ما كانت تداهمني الأسئلة :
هل ترجمها طه حسين حتى يؤكد لذاته أن الظلام نعمة؟
هل ترجمها ليخفف من آلامه؟
في النهاية، مأساة أوديب لن يأتي بعدها.
لأنها لم تترك للكتّاب شيئًا لكتابته.
This is about the ill-fated king who murdered his father and married his mother. Nasty, right? Well, it turns out he didn't plan to do so. It was just another one of those Greek tragedies that end up... like all Greek tragedies. Antigone is about Oedipus' daughter and Oedipus' successor Creon.

Notes: Had to read this for school, and I enjoyed it a bit. Fast read (it's in Play form). Althought it got a bit repetitive, I found it interesting because I had always thought that Oedipus was derranged f
The plays are good, however they aren't really made to be read like a novel. As a documentary phrased it

"The Ancient Greeks took their entertainment very seriously and used drama as a way of investigating the world they lived in, and what it meant to be human".

Nov 19, 2015 Caitlin added it
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Had to read Oedipus than Antigone for English. Not that bad, but at times predictable. Highly debating on whether or not I should read Electra on my own, seeing as we won't be reading it in class.
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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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