The Theban Plays: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone

The Theban Plays: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone

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Overview

The stirring tale of a legendary royal family's fall and ultimate redemption, the Theban trilogy endures as the crowning achievement of Greek drama. Sophocles' three-play cycle, chronicling Oedipus's search for the truth and its tragic results, remains essential reading for English and classical studies majors as well as for all students of Western civilization.
Oedipus Rex unfolds amid a city in the relentless grip of a plague. When an oracle proclaims that only an act of vengeance will lift the curse from Thebes, King Oedipus vows to bring a murderer to justice. His quest engenders a series of keen dramatic ironies, culminating in the fulfillment of a dreaded prophecy. Oedipus at Colonus finds the former ruler in exile. Old and blind, he seeks a peaceful place to end his torment, but finds only challenges from his reluctant hosts and a summons back to Thebes from his warring sons. The trilogy concludes with Antigone, in which Oedipus's courageous daughter defies her tyrannical uncle in a provocative exploration of the demands of loyalty and duty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486450490
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 06/23/2006
Series: Dover Thrift Editions Series
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 380,191
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Oedipus Rex
Oedipus at Colonus
Antigone

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Theban Plays 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book presented good plays, especially the play, Antigone, which was my favorite. Even though it can be hard to read, it is worth it. Antigone is a play about a greek woman,who stands up for the laws of Heaven instead of the laws of man, including King Creon, who ends up basically killing her. Antigone is very bold and stands up for her beliefs. She does not fit the Greek image of a woman because she is so bold and is independent(in whom is running her life), and her boldness leads to her downfall. Although, she does weaken up at the end, she still goes down with her same opion. These plays were very good and taught lessons that happen in even modern life situations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Theban Plays are some of the most exciting plays which i have ever read. They are always interesting and you shall never get bored. Through this trilogy, you will learn many things about Greek plays, especially from one of the greatest philosophers of all time. I Highly recommend this book to all.
TakeItOrLeaveIt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Freud loved this shizzle. it is a classic. whether or not I want to kill my dad. oh wait, I'm sure of.
anabellebf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Contains the best tragedy ever written. Always a pleasure to re-read.
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