Sophocles, who lived between the years 496 and 406 BC, was motivated to write a dramatic trilogy on the battle of men against destiny by the myths surrounding Thebes’ royal house.
King Oedipus relates a story about a man who brings disease to Thebes as punishment for crimes he is unaware he has committed and then inflicts a severe penalty upon himself.
It is a heartbreaking portrait of a tyrant brought down by his oath and contains significant insights into the human condition.
Antigone depicts the fall of the next generation through the conflict between a young woman who is ruled by her conscience and a king who is too confident in his authority.
Oedipus at Colonus provides a fitting conclusion to the life of the aged and blinded king while Oedipus at Colonus provides a fitting conclusion to the life of the aged and blinded king.
A brilliant introduction that explores the key ideas of the plays, the role of the Chorus, and the customs and staging of Greek tragedy is included with E. F. Watling’s translation.
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