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Oedipus Coloneus (The Theban Plays #2)

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The second play in Sophocles' Oedipus Cycle, Oedipus at Colonus is the story of the blinded Oedipus's wonderings after he has been banished from Thebes and his ultimate redemtion in the eyes of the gods.
Published by Cambridge University Press (first published -401)
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David Sarkies
Feb 16, 2016 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tragedy
A Theban Addendum
5 May 2012

This is a rather unusual play in that while it is connected with the main Theban epic, it does not seem to sit well within the epic cycle. Rather it seems to be an attempt by Sophocles to explore some of the unanswered questions that arose within both the Antigone and Oedipus Tyrannos, particularly as whether Oedipus was truly guilty of his actions (he was not as they were done in ignorance) as well as how Creon basically became a jerk. I say that because in Oedipus T
Karim Abdel-Khalek‎
*الجزء الثاني من ثلاثية أوديب*

مسرحية جيدة ، يعيبها فقط أن ليس بها مشكلة تُحل في نهاية المسرحية مثلاً ، هي فقط تكلمة للجزء الأول (أوديب ملكاً ) ، في هذه المسرحية نجد أوديب الذي فقأ عينيه يمشي مع أنتيجون إبنته ترشده في الطريق و فيما تبقى من حياته ، الأحداث كانت قليلة ، و مونولوجات أوديب كانت جيدة جداً ، في ذلك الجزء من السلسلة يموت أوديب رغم كون هناك جزء ثالث من السلسلة و هي مسرحيةأنتيجون.

oedipus and antigone
Alp Turgut
Sophocles'in "Kral Oidipus" ve "Antigone" oyunlarının arasındaki hikayeyi anlatan Theban üçlemesinin ikinci kitabı "Oedipus at Colonus / Oidipus Kolonos'ta", güçlü diline rağmen hikaye açısından yazarın ne yazık ki en zayıf oyunu niteliğinde. Oidipus'un trajik yaşamının Tanrılar katına çıkarılarak sonunda ödüllendirildiği hikayede bir nevi yazar karaktere güzel bir son bahşederek okuyucuyu ilk defa mutlu ediyor. Tabii bunu karakteri öldürerek yapması yine okuyucuda bir burukluk yaratıyor. Aynı z ...more
Feb 17, 2013 Beluosus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Χαλεπή μοι ἦν ἡ ἀνάγνωσις · ἠνάγκαζε γάρ με πολλάκις τὸν λόγων θησαυρὸν ζητεῖν. καὶ πάλιν γε λέγω τὴν τοῦ Σοφοκλέους ποίησιν ἔλασσόν με τέρπειν ἢ τὴν τοῦ Εὐριπίδου τε καὶ τοῦ Αἰσχύλου. κοὐκ νομίζω αὕτην ἰσοῦσθαι ταῖς ἄλλαις παιδιαῖς τοῦ Σοφοκλέους ταῖς θηβαίαις λεγομέναις. εὐφραινουσι μέντοι τὰ μέλη καὶ ἡ σύστασις -- μάλιστά γε αἱ τοῦ χοροῦ εὐχαὶ καὶ ὁ βρονταγωγὸς τοῦ Οἰδίποδος θάνατος.
Akemi G
Sep 05, 2016 Akemi G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction, dramas
I read this by Fagles' translation (The Oedipus Cycle: Oedipus Rex/Oedipus at Colonus/Antigone), but here is my quick review of this particular play.

I figure that the ancient Greek dramas are closely related to their philosophy. In this play, the question is: if you commit a crime without knowing what you were doing, are you still guilty? Oedipus didn't know Jocasta was his mother when he married her. So is he guilty of incest? (His other crime--killing Laius--sounds to be a case of self-defens
γιατ' άνθρωπο, αν ψάξης, κανέναν δε θα βρης
που όταν τον σπρώχνη ο θεός στον χαμό,
θα μπορούσε ποτέ να ξεφύγη...

Ο τέως βασιλεύς των Θηβών, ο Οιδίπους, αυτοτυφλωμένος, εξόριστος και εξαθλιωμένος φτάνει, συνοδεία της κόρης του Αντιγόνης, στο ιερό των Ευμενίδων στον Κολωνό. Έτσι αρχίζει η τελευταία τραγωδία που έγραψε ο Σοφοκλής η οποία διδάχτηκε από τον εγγονό του το 401 π.Χ. Έχω ακούσει κάπως μέτριες απόψεις για την τραγωδία αυτή καθώς δεν υπάρχει πολλή δράση μέσα της καθώς ασχολείται περισσότερο μ
Jul 23, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This drama is much like a trial for Oedipus, who is accepted (if not forgiven) by the Athenians. Of course, Oedipus fails to show similar mercy himself with regard to his own son. He still exhibits the same fatal flaw of anger and stubbornness that haunted him throughout his life in Thebes. In this sense, he is his own jury and executioner. His sentence condemns not only himself, but his sons (and, as we later find out, Antigone). Ironically, Oedipus goes to his grave convinced that he is innoce ...more
Apr 02, 2016 Addy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, greek
"King Lear" and "Colonus" share a lot in common. Women are stronger and morally superior to the men (like Cordelia, Antigone never abandons her father; the question of him being her brother/father does not reduce her familial devotion). "Colonus" might be the first feminist text. It also might be the first detective story, wherein Oedipus pitilessly investigates his own actions. As GODFATHER II proved, sequels can be better.
Duffy Pratt
Jul 10, 2016 Duffy Pratt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, play
After the roaring success of Antigone, Sophocles wrote a prequel, Oedipus Rex, which might even have been better than the first. No-one can rest on that kind of box office success, so he completed the "trilogy" with this middle installment. I thought this sort of crap originated with Hollywood, but it looks like it has a history that dates back thousands of years.

If any play did not need a sequel, it was Oedipus Rex. His life a total wreck, he was blind, exiled and doomed to wander until he suff
Dec 22, 2015 Briana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So it's cool to see that Oedipus is still the same old guy, even years later. I loved how he repeatedly refused to take any ownership of the part he played in his fate. I was a little confused by the whole plot of this particular play...I didn't quite understand why Oedipus was so mad at his son Polynices...he says it's because Polynices exiled Oedipus...but Creon did, at Oedipus' either this play doesn't match up with Oedipus the King, or Oedipus came out of exile and then was re-e ...more
Oct 08, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greek-drama
After reading Oedipus Rex, I continued on to read this play; out of all of the plays that are considered to be in this series, I was the least familiar with this one, considering that I was not really aware of what happens between the first and third installments. However, I actually think that Oedipus at Colonus is a really important piece of the series to read for several reasons.

So, was Oedipus really a guilty man? After all, he did accomplish his predestined fate unknowingly. Is it wrong to
Maan Kawas
Sep 12, 2013 Maan Kawas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful play by the great Ancient Greek tragedian Sophocles! In ‘Oedipus in Colonus’ Sophocles continues with the same story of Oedipus’ life, but after twenty years of blinding himself and wandering as a beggar, leaning on his daughter Antigone. Also the play’s main theme is self-knowledge and enlightenment, where Oedipus, who in the first play blamed, punished himself, and insisted on being exiled from his own home, now seems to have changed his ideas and perspectives, finding himself to b ...more
Qutaiba Ara
Aug 04, 2015 Qutaiba Ara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
إن البناء النفسي لشخصيات هذه المسرحية يعلو قليلاً على سابقتها "أوديب ملكاً". كما تجلّت الحالة الانسانية عند "أنتيجوني" في أجمل تجلياتها في علاقتها مع أخوتها وأبيها. والأفكار والسخرية التي بناها سوفوكليس في بنية متينة ورائعة لايمكن ألا تملأ رأس القارئ بالأفكار عند الانتهاء من قراءة آخر سطر في المسرحية.
Aly Weka
May 18, 2015 Aly Weka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
سمعتها مترجمة لعميد الأدب العربي د/طه حسين واستمتعت بها كثيرا
المسرحية لسوفوكليس وتبحث عن المسؤلية الأخلاقية لأوديب فيما صنع ، وفي موضوع الحرية والجبرية
فهل كانت الألهة السبب فيما حدث لأوديب ام هي فقط كانت ع علم مسبق بما يحدث لكونها آلهة ،
وكل ما حدث لأوديب هوا بمحض ارادته هوا، وانما علم الآلهة كعلم الطبيب الذي يؤهله علمه لأن يتنبأ بأن مريضاً من مرضاه سوف يموت بعد مدة معينة. فالطبيب لايميت المريض مع علمه المسبق بالنتيجة.
ملخص المسرحية /
يفقأ اوديب عينيه ويس
Wild Part 2
É um 3.5 - Foi interessante.
Acho que esta segunda parte da história de Édipo serviu para o valorizar. Depois de se cumprir um oráculo terrível que acaba por causar o seu exílio (e a sua cegueira), é-lhe dado a conhecer um novo oráculo que o coloca numa posição de grande importância. E a partir daqui se desenvolve a história.
Gostei de ter sido introduzido um ponto de vista diferente em relação ao caso do Édipo, que nunca nega ter cometido um crime de sangue mas dá ênfase ao facto de o ter comet
Carole Rae
This is the second part of the well-known story of Oedipus. This follows the man after he was banished from his kingdom in disgrace and blinded. His one daughter, Antigone, has decided to stay with him and be his eyes.

Oohhhh the poor man. He is for sure haunted by what the Fates did to him. It was his fault at all, but yet, he is being punished. Poor, poor guy. I also feel bad for his kids. Not his sons, because his sons are A-holes and I’m glad they are now cursed! I’m curious to see how that
Feb 06, 2016 Melannie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my European Literature class, we are required to read both Oedipus Rex and Antigone, the bookends of Sophocles' Oedipus trilogy, but not the middle book. I, a natural-born completist, took it upon myself to read the middle work and was immediately aghast at the fact we ignored this drama in favor of saving time.

Oedipus at Colonus is a different beast than Sophocles' earlier work on the complex-naming man. Whereas in Oedipus Rex we highlight his fall from grace at the hands of the gods and the
Syahira Sharif
Feb 14, 2014 Syahira Sharif rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Basically I am reading these series out of order but I know enough about Oedipus Rex and Antigone that I could emphatize with the final days of Oedipus who really is the unluckiest man on earth. Compared to Philoctetes who was filled with the need of vengence, Oedipus in this play was deeply remorseful for his action about killing his father and comitting incest with his own mother as fate intended and even if he was basically innocent with the by play and now, blinded and in exile, he practical ...more
Book Two of the 'Lily is sick and can do nothing but listen to audiobooks' fest of August '16.

Only gods are never troubled by old age and death. All other things are finally destroyed by all-conquering time.

The finest of all possibilities is never to be born, but if a man sees the light of day, the next best thing by far is to return as quickly as he can, to go back to the place from which he came. For once the careless follies of his youth have passed, what harsh affliction is he spared? What s
Feb 22, 2015 Alayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
Leí Edipo Rey varias veces para el colegio, lo que me hizo interesarme en la tragedia griega y el teatro. Me gustó muchísimo la primer tragedia, pero no pensé que iba a gustarme de la misma forma ésta.
Me emocionó, me dio ganas de no parar de leer y me gustó muchísimo.
Qué suerte que tengo todas las tragedias de Sófocles. Supongo que seguiré con Antígona, pero no hoy.
4 de 5. Genial.
Jan 03, 2015 Corinne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In many ways my least favorite of the trilogy, and in others, my most favorite. I actually read the Fagles edition (Three Theban Plays), and wonder what other translators have to offer now that I've read all three--sometimes the dialogue is a bit stilted in places, or I wonder at what a character actually means. At any rate, I appreciated this play so much because it filled in so many of the blanks in the story from Oedipus to Antigone, so now I have a greater understanding of why burying Polyni ...more
Heba Ashraf
إن الآلهة فحسب هي التي لا تشيخ أبداً ولا تموت، اما كل ما عداها فإن الزمن الذي يسيطرعلى كل شئ يؤثر فيه؛ فإن الأرض العفية يصيبها الضعف، وقوة الجسد تضمحل، كما تموت الثقة ويظهر بدلاً منها عدم الثقة، ولا تظل المشاعر ذاتها بين البشر حتى ولو كانوا أصدقاء، وكذلك بين المدن؛
لأنه يحلو للبشر -طال الوقت أم قصر- أن يتحولوا بعواطفهم من الحب إلى الكراهية وبالعكس
Ahmad  Ebaid
May 28, 2015 Ahmad Ebaid rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: أدب
" إذا كان الخير يأتي من الآلهة فالشر أيضا يجب أن نلوم عليه الألهة , فبؤسنا من صنيعها "

لا أدري إن كان هذا دور تنويري أم ماذا !! ,

أشد ما أزعجني كانت الكلمة المتكررة " واحسرتاه " كانت لها وقع مزعج على أذني ,

و ها قد انتهى أوديب ,

إنتهى من وضع ثقته في الآلهة حتى صعد ليبقى أسطورة الآلهة و محقق نبوءاتها ,
Catherine Woodman
Jan 28, 2014 Catherine Woodman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the last of the Greek tragedies that I am reading with my youngest son for his Classical Mythology class. I had forgotten just how tragic these all are....

When you are thinking about the Oedipus trilogy specifically and Greek tragedy in general it is hard to say which play is sadder than the others, but for some reason, of the Oedipus stories, this one is a downer.

The play opens with Antigone, Oedipus' daughter, and he in a sacred ground outside of Athens. Oedipus is at the end of his li
Shishir Chaudhary
Jul 21, 2014 Shishir Chaudhary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Not to be born at all
Is best, far best that can befall"

This play was far more fulfilling than Oedipus Rex for reasons twain. First, it strikes an unprecedented balance between the righteousness and human flaws through Theseus, Polyneices, and most importantly, Oedipus. Second, it is in this play that one gets to know the conflict between the guilt of acts he commits and the retrospective helplessness to avoid what was inevitable, and the pain arising therefore.

And as expected, the Chorus deliv
Edward Cheer
As far as "sequels" go, this is still a good play... but in the wake of "Oedipus Rex" it's a little disappointing. Oedipus at Colonus is the continuation of Sophocles' trilogy on the story of Oedipus and his daughter, Antigone. Particularly, this specific play focus on the last days in Oedipus' life. Does it do that well? Yes. Does it do justice for what was set up in "Oedipus Rex"? Frankly... no. At this point, I'm sure the audience at the City Dionysia and many readers today would know that Oe ...more
Jun 23, 2014 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, classics, plays
Perhaps 3 stars for the play but not in this translation. Storrs translated the ancient Greek as if he was trying to write like an Elizabethan. I have enough trouble understanding the Elizabethans when their native tongue was English!

I don't think that this play is as good (strong, powerful) as the other two Oedipus plays. However, this middle play of Sophocles' trilogy provides an important bridge between the more powerful first (Oedipus Rex) and last (Antigone) plays. It concludes the action o
My least favorite of the Theban plays, but still pretty dang good. I'm grateful for a strong female character like Antigone in such an early work.
Harley A.Warren
Mar 12, 2016 Harley A.Warren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tous les étudiants en lettres et en histoire
Recommended to Harley by: Mon prof de littérature comparée
Shelves: alright-i-guess
J'ai pas grand chose à dire, dans le sens où je n'ai ni aimé, ni détesté.

Je n'ai pas vraiment aimé parce que la tragédie grecque n'est pas vraiment ma tasse de thé, mais je pêche pas mal de ce côté-là, donc il faut bien que j'en lise un petit peu pour étoffer ma culture générale. Le thème est sympa, l'histoire aussi, j'aime bien les personnages, mais je ne peux pas non plus dire que je pourrais lire ça toute la journée.
Après, j'ai conscience que c'est bien écrit, que c'est bien fichu et que c'es
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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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The Theban Plays (3 books)
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  • Antigone (The Theban Plays, #3)

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