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The Theban Plays by Sophocles
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Jul 26, 2011

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This book includes 3 plays written by Sophocles. However, the plays are not put in chronological order in this edition. Rather, they are placed in the order that they were originally written. In order to read these plays chronologically, one should read King Oidipous, Oidipous at Colonus, and then Antigone. These plays are pretty good. They didn't "wow" me, but that could be because I have either read some of these plays before or have heard versions of them in other places. Also, there are a lot of dull parts in the plays that can be tedious to read. Most of these involve the lines spoken by the Greek chorus. However, there are some fantastic lines spoken by the chorus and other characters that give much insight into Greek culture and their thoughts about happiness and the nature of life and death. One of the reasons why these plays are still read today is that they can generate thought-provoking discussions about fate, justice, free will, and the tension between divine law and human law.

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