The Three Theban Plays: Antigone; Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus
Towering over the rest of Greek tragedy, these three plays are among the most enduring and timeless dramas ever written. Robert Fagles' translation conveys all of Sophocles' lucidity and power: the cut and thrust of his dialogue, his ironic edge, the surge and majesty of his choruses and, above... show more
Towering over the rest of Greek tragedy, these three plays are among the most enduring and timeless dramas ever written. Robert Fagles' translation conveys all of Sophocles' lucidity and power: the cut and thrust of his dialogue, his ironic edge, the surge and majesty of his choruses and, above all, the agonies and triumphs of his characters.
Publish date: February 7th 1984
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Read For School
, High School
Series: The Theban Plays (#1)
Perhaps second only to Shakespeare and Moliere in depicting his characters' inner life on stage. This translation is as good as a strictly literal one in giving us the playwright's voice while maintaining his meaning.
I was expecting this to be somewhat dreary, and some parts were, but it is on the whole a very moving series of plays. I especially liked King, and the murder mystery set up. One can see why it's held up as an example of irony and pathos. I was less into the Chorus in this than in Aeschylus, as it s...
Sophocles' is one of only three Ancient Greek tragedians with surviving plays. The plays by the earliest, Aeschylus, remind me of a ancient frieze--not stilted exactly, but still stylized, very formal. The plays by the last of the three, Euripides, to me seems the most natural, the most modern. Soph...
Just great stuff. As profound a grasp of humans as I have ever read. What else can be said? I really don't know. I probably should have read this a long time ago.
AcknowledgementsTranslator's PrefaceGreece and the TheaterIntroduction to Antigone--AntigoneIntroduction to Oedipus the King--Oedipus the KingIntroduction to Oedipus at Colonus--Oedipus at ColonusA Note on the Text of SophoclesTextual VariantsNotes on the TranslationSelect BibliographyThe Genealogy ...