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Title:
Oedipus Rex
Author:
Sophocles.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Oedipus Rex. English
Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication Information:
New York : Dover Publications, 1991.
Physical Description:
vii, 54 pages ; 21 cm.
General Note:
Translated from the Greek.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780486268774
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Considered by many the greatest of the classic Greek tragedies, Oedipus Rex is Sophocles' finest play and a work of extraordinary power and resonance. Aristotle considered it a masterpiece of dramatic construction and refers to it frequently in the Poetics .
In presenting the story of King Oedipus and the tragedy that ensues when he discovers he has inadvertently killed his father and married his mother, the play exhibits near-perfect harmony of character and action. Moreover, the masterly use of dramatic irony greatly intensifies the impact of the agonizing events and emotions experienced by Oedipus and the other characters in the play. Now these and many other facets of this towering tragedy may be studied and appreciated in Dover's attractive inexpensive edition of one of the great landmarks of Western drama.


Author Notes

Sophocles was born around 496 B.C. in Colonus (near Athens), Greece. In 480, he was selected to lead the paean (choral chant to a god) celebrating the decisive Greek sea victory over the Persians at the Battle of Salamis. He served as a treasurer and general for Athens when it was expanding its empire and influence. He wrote approximately 123 plays including Ajax, Antigone, Oedipus Tyrannus, Trachiniae, Electra, Philoctetes, and Oedipus at Colonus. His last recorded act was to lead a chorus in public mourning for Euripides. He died in 406 B. C.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
Oedipus Rex
Commentary
Appendix on lyric metres
Indexes

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