: The Three Theban Plays: Antigone; Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus eBook: Robert Fagles, Sophocles, Bernard Knox: Kindle Store. The Three Theban Plays – Sophocles Translated by Robert Fagles with Notes on the Translation: Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus. Sophocles taught his Antigone to a chorus of fifteen young men for the contest in tragedy. Robert Fagles’ “My own flesh and blood–dear sister, dear. Ismene”.
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The heroic Greek dramas that have moved theatergoers and readers since the fifth century B. Robert Fagles’s authoritative and acclaimed translation conveys all of Sophocles’s lucidity and power: This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by the renowned classicist Bernard Knox. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.
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The Three Theban Plays: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition. Medea, Hippolytus, Heracles, Bacchae: Four Plays Focus Classical Library. Today, nearly 2, years after Sophocles wrote, scholars and audiences still consider it one of the most powerful dramatic works ever made.
The three plays–“Antigone,” “Oedipus the King,” and “Oedipus at Colonus”–are not strictly a trilogy, but all are based on the Theban myths that were old even in Sophocles’ time.
This particular edition was rendered by Robert Fagles, perhaps the best translator of the Greek classics into English.
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Fifth-century Athens was a light in the dark, a young democracy, and the Athenians used tragedy as a tool to preserve history, learn from it, and document their growth. Though heady, the plays also had an entertainment value. The Spring festival celebrating Dionysus provided an opportunity for playwrights such as Sophocles to compete and put on a performance for thousands of spectators. Tragedies usually ran in the morning and the more lighthearted comedies toward the end of the day.
Being tragedies, lighthearted these three Theban plays are not. The first play, Antigone, is actually the last chronologically. Oedipus is dead, yet the curse continues. Thebes has defeated an onslaught of Argosian warriors, led by Polynices, the exiled son of Oedipus.
He was killed, along with his brother, Eteocles.
The Three Theban Plays
Antigone, daughter of Oedipus and sister of both Polynices and Eteocles, wants to bury the body of Polynices, but her uncle and Theban King, Creon, threatens anyone who does so with death. Each piece has its own beauty, but we move back in time to that dreadful moment of discovery. Oedipus represents the everyman, marching forward, thinking destiny is within his control, only to discover that he is a mere puppet to fate.
Through plot twists and turns, Oedipus dedicates himself to finding the killer, only to discover that he is the killer, antiogne that he has fulfilled a prophecy which he has tried to avoid all of his life. The truth is too much. His wife and mother, Jocasta, kills herself, and Oedipus gouges out his eyes, his one act of defiant free will. Finally, we are presented with Oedipus at Colonus. Many years have passed and Oedipus has become a wanderer, guided by the loyal Antigone.
He finds himself in the town of Colonus, just outside of Athens. The oracular antigonw makes its next fales Oedipus has arrived in the place where he must be buried. This play is an ode to Athens, and by being buried just outside the city, it will be antkgone for antgione time.
Thus ends the Theban trilogy. Similar to my Aeschylus readings, I picked up the Robert Fagles translation. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. If you are already familiar with the Oedipus Trilogy, this is a fantastic free digital edition. The formatting is easy to read, the text reads easily. My chief complaint with this copy is that there is no navigable table of contents to easily move from one play to the next.
If you are completely new to the Oedipus series, do yourself a favor and read it out loud as you are reading it. It may sound silly, but plays are meant to be heard out loud and not read silently. Anyone having a hard time understanding the language will be greatly aided by the rhythms and sounds angigone the spoken word. Bernie Gourley Top Contributor: When the oracles are consulted about how the calamity might be brought to an end, Oedipus is told that he must banish the killer of his predecessor, i.
Oedipus mocks and threatens the oracle until the fortune-teller gets fed up and tells the king that it was he, Oedipus, who killed his predecessor. Oedipus calls for an investigation. When a peasant who saw everything is called to testify, his faggles strikes Oedipus as fages familiar.
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When the truth revealed, everything goes south. Oedipus gouges out his own eyes and goes into exile. Colonus, and are planning to take up residency. The locals are welcoming until they find out the blind man is Oedipus. The story of the ex-king who killed his father and got it on with his mother has spread far and wide. The townspeople agree to afgles in their king, Theseus, and let him decide.
Theseus decides to shelter the Thebean ex-king, being moved by his story of how Oedipus was unwittingly ruined and how the antigobe king accepted his punishment when his offenses were brought to light. Oedipus says no way, and Faglds has Antigone and her sister who joined them at Colonus to warn Oedipus kidnapped.
Theseus faces a serious challenge because now his actions might bring the city-state to war, let alone offending the antigne.
The dutiful Antigone is now back in Thebes. Xntigone her brother Polyneices is killed and Creon orders that the prince not be buried, Antigone refuses to accept the decree.
She steals the body and gives it a proper burial. Haemon atigone his father to be reasonable, but Creon will have none of it. Eventually, the words of an oracle convince Creon to change his mind, but he finds himself too late. Like Oedipus, various ruin then befalls Creon.
While the details of the story may strain credulity in places, these works are powerful morality tales. The fortune-tellers are always right and are always heeded. The law of unintended consequences remains ever present. I enjoyed these plays. They are brief, stirring, readable, and thought-provoking.
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