Oedipus the King (The Theban Plays #1)
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"Look and learn all citizens of Thebes. This is Oedipus.
He, who read the famous riddle, and we hailed chief of men,
All envied his power, glory, and good fortune.
Now upon his head the sea of disaster crashes down.
Mortality is man’s burden. Keep your eyes fixed on your last day.
Call no man happy until he reaches it, and finds rest from suffering."
I believe that in one way or another, everyone - at least to some extent - has heard of the story of Oedipus and Jocasta. It's one of those tales that' ...more
THE EYE THAT DIES
I have not read Sophocles’ text recently, but listened to
this exceptional audio edition. Powerfully acted out, with an eerie chorus and dramatic music, it has been a superb experience.
I have come back to this play now in a roundabout way. As part of a Seminar on Aesthetics, The Eye that Thinks, imparted in the Prado Museum, we were prompted by our Professor Félix de Azúa to read Oedipus in a Hegelian framework. We had been discussing the contributions of Hegel to Aesthetics ...more
the torments of the human soul,the innocence and guilt,Wisdom Out of Suffering and Fate that determines many things no matter how we struggle to change it....
Oedipus hears about his dreadful fate from the Delphic oracle and flees from Corinth. But instead of fleeing from his fate he runs into it...
Oedipus a passionate heart,who ask questions and take risks,has all the quali ...more
I've taught this play for years, and I think this year I finally decided what makes this play great. My students never feel sympathy for Macbeth, but they do for Oedipus, and that always used to bother me. They whine in their teenage attitudinal voices, "But he didn't know that was his father." I always respond, "So it's ok to KILL PEOPLE if they're not your father?!"
In identifying with Oedipus, they forget the nature of the atrocities he co ...more
از لحاظ داستان، واقعاً اعجاب انگيزه. داستان ابتدا با معمايى شروع ميشه كه نجات شهر "تِبس" از نابودى به حل اون بسته است، ولى هيچ كس جوابش رو نميدونه. بعد كم كم كه معما حل ميشه، پاسخ وحشتناك و تراژيكش آشكار ميشه و نجات شهر از نابودى، به بهاى بسيار سنگينى حاصل ميشه. اين روش طرح معما و حل مرحله به مرحله ش، بسيار شبيه به داستان هاى جنايى امروزيه، و از خيلى از اين داستان ها به مراتب بهتره.
اما اثر، طبعاً به مقتضاى زمان نگارشش، مشكلات ...more
Wherein lies the Evil in this play? In the prophecy and, apparently, the determinism of the gods that Oedipus will kill his fathe ...more
Il est un être à deux pieds, trois pieds, quatre pieds sur la terre, mais une seule voix: il est seul à changer de nature parmi les êtres qui vont sur la terre, dans l'air, dans les vagues: lorsque prenant appui sur le plus de pieds il chemine, c'est alors que la rapidité de son corps est la moindre.
(Anthologie Palatine, XIV, 64)
Juste une petite relecture rapide d'Œdipe (prononcé édipe) Roi de Sophocle avant d'en traduire plusieurs passage, histoire de bien avoir l'histoire en tête.
Œdipe (lit ...more
However, when I left high school, I realized that people - not only in Greece, bu ...more
"Count no man happy till he is dead."
A tragedy always moves around a character - who is virtuous except for one fault. This one fault brings on to him the misfortunes, that would have been otherwise undeserved. With Oedipus, this fault was his hubris. His extreme pride shows several times:
1. his disbelief or mocking of gods (to a Greek writer, not believing in god have looked like hubris.)
2. the reason for which he killed Laius - because the two won't y 've way to each-other.
3. his calling h ...more
اودیپوس شاه، مشهورترین تراژدی سوفوکلس، در باره ی ستیز اودیپوس با تقدیر خویش است. اودیپوس که برخلاف همه ی دیگران، تقدیر خویش را می داند، هر چه از آن بیشتر می گریزد، در چنبر آن گرفتارتر می شود.
سه گانه ی سوفوکلس (ادیپوس شاه، ادیپوس در کولونوس، انتیگونه) را ابتدا محمد سعیدی به فارسی برگردانده که در اواسط دهه ی سی شمسی توسط بنگاه ترجمه و نشر ...more
At least, according to Sophocles it doesn't. Take Oedipus Rex as a perfect example, he hears an oracle predicting his future, a future so horrible that he cannot bear the thought of it. So he packs his bags and leaves his father and mother for fear of killing one and sleeping with the other. However, his fate follows him and he ends up doing exactly as predicted.
The real kicker here is that it's almost as if the gods are playing a joke on Oedipus. First they tell his bi ...more
Κεντρικος μας ηρωας ο Οιδιπους,οπως εχω γραψει σε αυτο το ποστ (λινκ),ειναι ο βασιλιας της Θηβας,κερδισε τον θρονο αλλα και την γυναικα του οταν ελυσε τον γριφο της Σφιγγας και εσωσε την πολη.Η ιστορια μας ξεκιναει οταν την πολη την πνιγει παλι η δυστυχια και η κακοτυχια ...more
Existe una creencia general (experimenté, lo admito) sobre Edipo Rey como sucede con toda esta clase de historias y la mayoría conoce la versión corta. Esta última es inevitablemente trágica e incluso lleva a pensar cosas como "¡pobre tipo, qué mala suerte...!" (yo lo hice la primera vez que escuché la historia, por ejemplo). Aho ...more
Good tragic (exaggeratedly so, but all the better for it!) art works have a sort of effect that I wish i could describe with a good metaphor but I cant seem to come up with one, so I'l try to simply describe them.
I think, living in a pit of mystery as we are, there is nothing more mysterious than human emotions, and sometimes someone so very talented, hardworking, well educated or even very tortured (or any combination of the previous) sits down to make somethin ...more
Sim, eu tinha mesmo de começar a review com esta piadinha preciosa da minha prof. de Cultura Clássica. Não é preciso agradecer.
Das tragédias que tenho lido até agora, esta foi sem dúvida a melhor. Apesar de já estar farta de saber a história e o seu final, uma vez começada a leitura é quase impossível parar. Gostei imenso de não existirem "tempos mortos" nesta tragédia: cada episódio traz sempre mais informação útil para desvendar o mistério - que não é ...more
"Oedipus Rex" is perh ...more
Sophocles is brilliant. Loved this one, and I look forward to reading the other two. I'd already read plenty of versions (watered-down) of the Oedipus ...more
I think this is what great literature is about- never grows old nor stops teaching. The play doesn't only make us question the role of god(s),fate, and destiny and whether it's fair to be controlled by external powers. It also makes us question who we are ...more
If Voldemort hadn't feared Trawleny's prophecy, he wouldn't have tried to kill Harry and set him on a journey to destroy him.
If Oedipus hadn't feared Apolo's prophecy,he wouldn't have fled from Corinth,murdered Laius or married Jocasta.
It wasn't the prophecy,it was ...more
Bilmeyenler varsa konusundan da kısaca bahsedeyim. Laios Thebai'nin kralı. Bir gün Apollon, Laios ve karısı İokaste'ye Laios'un oğlunun Laios'u öldüreceğinin haberini v ...more
This review will contain spoilers.
I’m not really sure how to go about explaining Oedipus because explaining gives away the whole story. If you don’t care about spoilers and want to hear an explanation of this play better than I could give I suggest this video. This video is where I first heard of Oedipus: The King and I was definitely intrigued. I was also excited to see that this was going to be a part of the SYNC summer audiobook program. I’m not a reader o...more
Opinião do blog Pepita Mágica: http://pepitamagica.blogspot.pt/2015/...
Toda a gente, ou quase toda a gente, conhece a história de Édipo: mata o pai e casa-se com a mãe (obra da qual deriva o Complexo de Édipo, de Freud, sobre a fase da vida de uma criança quando sente atracção e desejo pelo progenitor do sexo oposto). Mas a maioria dessas pessoas nunca leu a obra e, na minha opinião, nunca se conhece, verdadeiramente, uma história até a termos lido. Eu era uma dessas pessoas, e talvez c ...more
"Count no man happy 'til he dies, free of pain at last."
Oedipus the King is sad but brutal, a very dark but moving tale that we think we all know -- but actually reading it, especially the raw emotion that is encapsulated in those last few pages, is crushing. This is the true definition of Greek tragedy, so any criticism I could heap on it seems very twenty-first century and almost inapplicable. However, I did take a star off because it measures my personal enjoyment -- the latter half ...more