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Oedipus Rex and Antigone

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Oedipus Rex is the greatest of the Greek tragedies, a profound meditation on the human condition. The story of the mythological king, who is doomed to kill his father and marry his mother, has resonated in world culture for almost 2,500 years. But Sophocles’ drama as originally performed was much more than a great story—it was a superb poetic script and exciting theatrical

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Paperback, 65 pages
Published February 18th 2000 by University Publishing House (first published -429)
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دوستانِ گرانقدر، افسانهٔ <اودیپ> یکی از مشهورترین افسانه های اساطیری در یونان باستان بوده است که <سوفوکل> با هنرمندی تمام آن را تدوین نموده است و میتوان گفت که ارزنده ترین اثر وی میباشد
عزیزانم، در این داستان، <اودیپ> پسرِ پادشاهِ شهرِ "تب" است... از عالمِ غیب به پادشاه الهام میشود که <اودیپ> او راخواهد کشت و با مادرش ازدواج خواهد کرد
پادشاه برایِ جلوگیری از این پیش بینی و اتفاقِ ناگوار، دستور میدهد تا پاهایِ <اودیپ> رابسته و او رادر قلهٔ کوهی رها کنند تا جان دهد
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Carlotta*
Il ciclo tebano di Sofocle (Edipo re - Edipo a Colono - Antigone) è imperniato sull'ineluttabilità del destino.

I due grandi protagonisti, ognuno dell'omonima tragedia - Edipo e Antigone - si ritrovano in balìa del Fato. Sono persone rette, amano la famiglia, rispettano e onorano gli dei... non meritano le sventure che si riversano loro addosso. Eppure non basta: è scritto nel destino che la loro stirpe - i Labdacidi - sia seguita dalla disgrazia e la loro vita sia colma di pianto, rovina, morte,
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Fedor
Feb 04, 2016 Fedor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eerst Antigone gelezen, dat adembenemend was in passages, zo scherp en lyrisch geschreven. Antigone blijft nog steeds een heerlijk modern, conflictueus karakter door de worsteling met haar innerlijke drijfveren tegenover het paternalistisch gezag van Kreon dat haar (en de vrouw an sich) op haar plek probeert te zetten. Enerzijds is ze met haar 16 à 17 jaar oud de opstandige puber, uiteindelijk te fatalistisch in haar eigen verkozen lot, anderzijds is ze de belichaming van individuele vrijheid do ...more
S.E. Anderson
Aug 12, 2011 S.E. Anderson rated it really liked it
Ah Oedipus... your deeds are so profound that you have a complex named after you. The Greeks did it best. Like MacBeth centuries after, Oedipus was a victim of a prophecy of his future. He was removed from his home in order to spare him from that fate and because of that removal he ended up doing what they said he would. They don't call them tragedies for nothing.
Laura
Jan 20, 2017 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Antigone and Oidipous remain two of of the greatest Greek plays (among the many obviously). They involve everything you want from a Grecian play: good versus evil, power struggles, doubting, love ... and above all: the tragic end wherein everyone dies.

Even though they may be almost 2500 years old (can you imagine?) they still remain very readable (much more than much younger books) (of course they're translations, I know that ^^) and interesting up until this day (and probably for years to come
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Natasha GJ Nanny Nakia
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Il nucleo della tragedia greca è il conflitto. Non il dolore, non la morte, non la punizione: essi ne sono la conseguenza. Il dramma nasce da uno scontro che può riguardare le intenzioni, i sentimenti, le civiltà, la morale, l'orgoglio. Le tragedie più riuscite sono, infatti, quelle in cui i conflitti si manifestano in maniera più forte, dimostrandosi insolubili, non permettendoci di prendere una posizione chiara in favore di una o dell'altra parte. La morte e la punizione costituiscono quasi se ...more
Hannah
Aug 29, 2012 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pmc-junior-year
I promise to be brutally honest with my opinion, but it should not be taken as fact. Any reader should read it for themselves, before they decide if this book has any merit or not. Do not judge this book baised solely on my opinion. If you do, you might miss out on a great read. You never know. It could happen.
1. Strong Main Character/ Female Heroine: Antigone is a very strong heroine, who believes strongly in her rights, but also about the laws of the Gods. She wantst follow God's law, instea
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Stephen
Imagine being cursed and no matter what you do to avoid it, the curse comes back and ruins your life. Well this happened to Oedipus in Oedipus the King translated by Peter D. Arnott, Oedipus gets cursed that he will kill his father. Oedipus ran away to prevent any harm to his father because of the curse. Oedipus wants to live without the curse but since it’s a curse it’s bound to happen so he runs away from his family and then he gets another curse that he will kill his father and marry his moth ...more
Olivia Bryant
Dec 02, 2012 Olivia Bryant rated it really liked it
Oedipus by Sophocles was a relatively short play written in about 400 B.C. and it's a pretty quick read, and for it being so short I'm surprised to say that I actually enjoyed it. Though I'm not sure I'd recommend it to everyone. It's not that story is complicated, it that the way it's written and language might be hard to understand, as well as the references to Greek Gods and Goddesses.

The play is basically about a king, named Oedipus, is proposed a life altering question; is his with his mot
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All Mota
Jun 15, 2016 All Mota rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Si todo el teatro griego es tan interesante como el de Sófocles, sin duda leeré todas las obras que haya. Aunque todos conocemos el nombre de Edipo por el "complejo de Edipo", pocas personas conocen la verdadera historia, la historia de donde esa esta connotación, sin duda Edipo es una obra maravillosa y trágica, pero ni él ni su madre padecen ninguna patología psicológica, simplemente fueron guiados a eventos trágicos sin darse cuenta.

Aunque, debo decir, lo que verdaderamente me sorprendió, f
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Belén
Mar 07, 2016 Belén rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Calificación: 5

Cualquiera que tiene dos dedos de frente conoce el famoso Complejo de Edipo. Cualquiera. Así que Edipo Rey no fue precisamente una revelación para mi, porque yo conocía tanto la historia como su final, pero sí que me gustó poder leerla y conocer concretamente cómo es la historia. Yo antes creía que lo que sucedía era producto de una mente insana y retorcida (tanto por parte de Edipo como de su pareja), pero conocer de verdad lo que sucedió me dio otra perspectiva de la historia.

En
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Maya
Sep 11, 2010 Maya rated it it was amazing
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Vivi
Sep 06, 2014 Vivi rated it really liked it
Shelves: must-reads
First of all, I've only read Antigone, because it was a must-read for school. At first I thought I liked it, there were a lot of well said thought and it was beautifully written, but the ending was so ridiculous. I wonder if my literature teacher wants everyone in the class to commit suicide as problem solving. Because teachers usually also want students to learn things about life from must-reads, and this book just didn't teach the good way to solve your problems. Not at all.
It did teach some
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Mery Ferre
Las dos obras dramáticas de Sófocles que encontramos en este libro tratan el mito de Edipo y la maldición que sus acciones provocan a sus hijas, siendo una de ellas Antígona. Dos obras de la etapa dramática de la Antigua Grecia que son imprescindibles leer si estamos estudiando esta cultura.
Fue una obra obligatoria de clase ya que próximamente íbamos a ver la obra representada en nuestra ciudad. Ni me encantó ni me desagradó ya que me gusta mucho la tragedia griega pero algunos personajes se pas
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Gabriella
My English class in tenth grade had a Greek unit for a while, so we read Oedipus, amongst other books. While the old language is hard to wrap your mind around, if you break it up into sections and analyze the paragraph, it should be easier to interpret. It was an interesting read, but didn't leave too much of an impression on me.

The best part of this unit, however, was when we split up into groups and did a reenactment of a scene in Oedipus. In honor of the then-upcoming Catching Fire movie, we
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Ayesha Begum
Sep 14, 2010 Ayesha Begum rated it it was amazing
Oedipus rex is a awesome play. i really like this writing piece of Sophocles because i actually understood what happened in the book. Oedipus was teh killer of the king of Thebes but that was mysterious to him. when he was the murderer of the king. the nasty part was when it says he married his mother and the king that he killed is his father. but the end wasnt all that good because he died even his wife/mother killed herself.
Kristin
Oct 05, 2011 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read the Lattimore and Fagels translations of Sophocles, but it was Holderlin (by way of Constantine) that really pulled me into the story. Although at times it can be nearly impossible to follow the action, the emotion of the plays comes across so strongly there, and this is a real art piece, imaginative and beautiful. I can't imagine seeing it performed, or reading this as the only translation, but I'm so glad I have it to supplement the more traditional translations.
Booklovinglady
Although I knew the story of Oedipus, of course, Antigone was new to me. The classic Greek tragedies are marvellous, not just to see them well performed but they also make a great read. Chapeau to Gerard Koolschijn, who created a perfect and very readable translation in Dutch of these two plays.
Floreana
Dec 25, 2015 Floreana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Podría decirse que este libro también entra en la categoría de currently-reading, ya que en clase leímos Antígona y yo, luego de ser motivada por mi profesora y por mi propia curiosidad y amor al teatro, decidí que voy a leer también Edipo rey.

Fue muy interesante analizar esta obra. Es la primera vez que leo teatro griego, y fue una muy buena experiencia. Me quedo con ganas de descubrir mucho más.
Merilyn Ohtla
Sep 02, 2013 Merilyn Ohtla rated it liked it
This book did not appeal to me at first. A man kills his father in order to marry his mother and have kids with her, so instead of having daughters or sons, they are like his sister daughters and sons. It was so weird that it made me sick, but then again it shows us that there is no escape from fate. You may try but you will not succeed.
Jasmine Lake
Jan 01, 2016 Jasmine Lake rated it really liked it
I read both of these plays for school (10th grade Literature Class). I enjoyed Oedipus Rex, however I liked Antigone better. I also did a video project on Antigone and it was a lot of fun. I can how Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare may have been influenced by it, but I enjoyed Antigone much more!
Paola Garcia
Sep 14, 2010 Paola Garcia rated it liked it
Oedipus Rex was so tragic,I felt so bad for Oedipus. But yet he learn a powerful message.I felt that Oedipus dissevers the punishment he got. The theme of fate and try to go against in particularly nature. Nature always clearly wins no matter how hard you try, Oedipus learn that the hard way but it overall story is crazy!!
Lynn
Apr 18, 2012 Lynn rated it really liked it
I haven't read these plays in eons, way too many eons. I enjoyed them thoroughly, and would have enjoyed discussing their psychological angles. Alas, the instructor wasn't there. Anyway, the characters are so very compelling and their situations so gut-wrenching that I think I'll revisit more ancient Greeks. That Sophocles sure knew his stuff.
Daniel
May 05, 2014 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edipo Rey: 5 estrellas, 5 Stars.

Edipo Rey es fantastico, mágico, todo tiene sentido al leerlo, no puedes parar, es una obra que te llena con su drama y suspenso! El final es asombroso.

Antígona: 4 estrellas, 4 stars.

Antígona no me atrapó de la misma forma, me cansé un poco al leerla... Le falta un poco de escencia.
Antonia
Dec 21, 2012 Antonia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Ένα πραγματικό αριστούργημα. Ένα μεγαλείο απο μαθήματα ζωής. Γλώσσα και γραφή άριστη. Το προτείνω ανεπιφύλακτα σε όλους τους ανθρώπους ανεξαρτήτου ηλικίας, ενδιαφερόντων και λογοτεχνικών προτιμήσεων. Είναι ένα από τα ομορφότερα βιβλία που έχουν γραφτεί ποτέ. Ένα από τα όνειρά μου είναι να διαβάσω όλα τα έργα του Ομήρου.
Naty Flor
3.5 como puntaje general.
A Edipo Rey le he dado 4/5 estrellas ya que me ha resultado una lectura bastante amena para ser de la literatura griega y además la historia me resultó muy interesante.
a Antígona le he dado 3/5 ya que a comparación del primero, la escritura me ha resultado un poco más pesada y la historia no me resultó tan buena como la primera, pero en sí me ha gustado.
Gayle
Apr 20, 2008 Gayle rated it really liked it
loved them both butthen I love this kind of writing with the gods and goddesses of ancient greece and the use of hubris and imagery. Totally transports me. ineedto get a copy again an d read them once more
Justine
I had read these both in high school and didn't get much from them. When I read them in my third year of college, I had a great professor who really had us deeply analyze the texts. I enjoyed Antigone especially after this class.
Daniel Andrade Gaitán
Edipo Rey:
Amazing... Es una obra de arte... 5 estrellas para Edipo Rey

Antígona:
Is not as Edipo, but still amezing... La continuación, el final es lo MEJOR, quedé en Shock... 4 estrellas para Antígona.

Todo suma 4.5 estrellas!

Totally recommend it!
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Sophocles (Greek: Σοφοκλής; German editions: Sophokles, Russian: Софокл, French editions: Sophocle) 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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