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Antigone / The Women of Trachis / Philocetes / Oedipus at Colonus

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Sophocles with Aeschylus and Euripides, was one of the three great tragic poets of Athens, and is considered one of the world's greatest poets. The subjects of his plays were drawn from mythology and legend. Each play contains at least one heroic figure, a character whose strength, courage, or intelligence exceeds the human norm - but who also has more than ordinary pride ...more
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Harvard University Press (first published 1923)
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Nov 19, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone in classic classical drama.
For a long time, I have been interested in Edmund Wilson's essay "The Wound and the Bow" and finally brought myself around to reading "Philoctetes," Sophocles' treatment of the story.

Ensiled, weakened by his suppurating wound, Philoctetes fears Odysseus and his sly tricks as he does not want to return to Troy; it was foretold, however, that only Philoctetes's bow, a weapon of Heracles, would conquer the towers of Troy. Thus, Odysseus tries to hide his identity; his voice gives him away. Philocte
Jan 12, 2015 Nathan rated it liked it
Though staged at religious festivals, Athenian tragedy was foremost a political event. Nowhere is this purpose more apparent than in Sophocles, who writes propaganda with a wink and sharp elbow in his audience's side.
Jul 24, 2012 Mel rated it really liked it
Having read a few Greek plays now I must say I prefer Euripedes to Sophocles. I read this story as we were going to see a modern adaptation and I wanted to know the story before we went. Reading it I wasn't sure how they'd be able to adopt it to the modern day as the entire point of the story seemed to be you shouldn't piss off the gods but give them their due or you will be horribly punished. There were however some really great lines mostly by Creon. But I must admit that sadly the story didn' ...more
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Philocetes was a surprise favourite
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I can't get over how great is my esteem for Sophocles. There isn't a bad apple in this collection.
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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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