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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

One of the greatest of the classic Greek tragedies and a masterpiece of dramatic construction. Catastrophe ensues when King Oedipus discovers he has inadvertently killed his father and married his mother. Masterly use of dramatic irony greatly intensifies impact of agonizing events. Sophocles' finest play, Oedipus Rex ranks as a towering landmark of Western drama. Explanatory footnotes.


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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