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The Theban plays

By: Sophocles Watling, E.F.(Introduction by) Watling, E.F.(Translated by)

Part of the Penguin classics series
0140440038 / 9780140440034
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20 cm 168 p.
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Reprint. Contents: King Oedipus - Oedipus at Colonus - Antigone.

The legends surrounding the royal house of Thebes inspired Sophocles (496-406 BC) to create a powerful trilogy about mankind's struggle against fate. "King Oedipus" tells of a man who brings pestilence to Thebes for crimes he does not realize he has committed and who then inflicts a brutal punishment upon himself.

With profound insights into the human condition, it is a devastating portrayal of a ruler brought down by his own oath. "Oedipus at Colonus" provides a fitting conclusion to the life of the aged and blinded king, while "Antigone" depicts the fall of the next generation, through the conflict between a young woman rules by her conscience and a king too confident of his own authority.


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