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Antigone / Oedipus the King / Electra

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  10,223 Ratings  ·  176 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, 178 pages
Published September 17th 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published -429)
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(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
Cody Joe Bärfuß
Mar 13, 2008 Cody Joe Bärfuß rated it liked it
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
Whitney Atkinson
Oct 16, 2014 Whitney Atkinson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-class
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!
Ahmad Sharabiani
Antigone / Oedipus the King / Electra, Sophocles
Jan 17, 2011 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 24, 2017 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: university, own
Review based on Antigone and Oedipus the King
Aug 24, 2015 Ken rated it it was amazing
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
Serena Garcia
Jan 29, 2013 Serena Garcia rated it liked it
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
Jan 12, 2008 Paul rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 06, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it
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
Dec 02, 2012 Josh Kells rated it liked it
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
Feb 17, 2011 Hazel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-read, classics, plays
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
Apr 06, 2012 Claire Sinden rated it it was amazing
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!
Aug 06, 2013 Jaznee rated it it was amazing
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
ندى الأبحر
Jun 14, 2016 ندى الأبحر rated it it was amazing
The 20-year-old me is so impressed by the Greek theater as a whole, but those specific plays are absolute EPICS. I liked every inch of them, which rarely happens as I always get sick of studying mandatory literary works!
Am just so grateful that I studied Oedipus the King which led me to know the others.
Rawan Mkhiber
Oct 26, 2016 Rawan Mkhiber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
سوفوكليس و طه حسين!!!
Nov 07, 2016 Asmaa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars for Antigone
3 for Oedipus the King
2 for Electra
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؟؟
Jan 30, 2016 Jenny rated it it was amazing
This book was great but Oedipus is so blind and is so prideful
May 13, 2010 Sera rated it really liked it
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Andrew Dore
Mar 11, 2017 Andrew Dore rated it it was amazing
Oedipus, King of the Greek city Thebes, has his brother Creon go and see an oracle to find out how to end the plague in the city. When Creon returns, he informs Oedipus that the killer of the former king Laius needs to be found and prosecuted to cure everyone. A prophecy stated that Laius and his wife would have a child that would kill Laius and marry the wife. Oedipus's wife, Jocasta, tells him not to worry about anything because oracles have been wrong many times. Then a blind prophet
Scott Do
Feb 20, 2017 Scott Do rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a tragedy story, it was very "juicy" with the beginning and mid plot and ending with a plot twist. Oedipus, portrayed as the intelligent savior, saved the people from the Sphinx and was revered as a hero suddenly undergoes a series of unfortunately events that ruined him. The fact that he ended up marrying his own mother and gave birth to children from the very womb that gave birth to himself was twisted, but really captured the moment with an intense climax in ...more
Mar 16, 2017 Samantha rated it really liked it
At face value, I enjoyed this book, but when I started reading about the history of Greek tragedies and theatre, I enjoyed it even more because I could appreciate it more. The three plays in this book fit very well together and work well to explain some of the elements found in the other plays; what is in one play, is more than likely referred to in another of the three plays.

The characters were one thing at face value, but another at closer inspection which makes it very hard to judge them ove
Hallie Fulghum
Nov 01, 2016 Hallie Fulghum rated it liked it
This book was overall okay. During the time I read it I was confused for the most part, I understood mainly the end and the beginning. The story line was interesting and had a good moral, I would recommend this if you are into ancient Rome.
Mar 11, 2017 Griffinclaw rated it really liked it
The story is a little tragic for my liking.
Kylie Behnke
[3.5 stars]
Mar 02, 2017 Emely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These are classics. Masterpieces. What else can one say.

I loved them when I was 15, I still love them now. My favorite is still 'Antigone', because for me, love and loyalty are the most favorable and valuable traits in a human being.

No question, 5 stars.
Feb 21, 2017 Mary rated it really liked it
In 'Oedipus the King,' Creon is Oedipus's brother in law, who in the beginning of the poem is used as an aid to guide Oedipus to answers to why the past King Laius died. He speaks on behalf of God, in hope to express what is needed to rule a proper kingdom. There is an argument and a twist in the story that follows leading to the accusations and separation of 'foe' and 'ally'.....
Oedipus exclaims: "God bless you for it, Creon, and may God guard you better on your road than he did me." (173). Th
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
Kaitlyn H
Nov 29, 2012 Kaitlyn H rated it really liked it
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
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