Seller: ancientgifts (4,493) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382512986722 The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles: The Complete Texts of “Oedipus The King”, “Oedipus at Colonus”, “Antigone” with a New Translation by Paul Roche. DESCRIPTION: Hardback: 224 pages. Publisher: A Mentor Book; (1958). Size: 7¼ x 4¼ x ¾ inches; ¾ pound. [Rare 1958 edition in a lighter weight hardbound covering known as “durabind”]. The tragic story of King Oedipus is one of the great dramas that Western culture has inherited from ancient Greece. It has penetrated the literature, legend, and language of all ages. Towering above the gallery of characters that Sophocles created are two who stand as universal symbols of human nature in its frailty and strength. Oedipus the King, who unknowingly killed his father and married his mother, and who atoned for these crimes by a voluntary act of self-punishment, Antigone, his daughter, who placed right and dignity above her life. Here for the first time (in 1958) is a translation that renders the Theban plays into a contemporary English which brings the characters and story to life with all the power, all the emotion, and all the feeling of the original Greek. Professor Bernard Knox of the Department of Classics at Yale University described this translation of Oedipus the King as “direct and forceful”. The poet William Williams said of this translation of Antigones; “brilliantly successful…as spirited and powerful as the original must have been.” CONDITION: Faded spine, light soiling to cover, yellowing pages, otherwise clean, no marks and in good condition. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: “The Fall of the House of Oedipus”. In vivid, poetic language Paul Roche (translator) captures the dramatic power and intensity, the subtleties of meaning, and the explosive emotions of Sophocle’s great Theban trilogy. Here for the modern reader is the eloquent story of a noble family moving toward catastrophe, dragged down by pride from wealth and power, cursed with incest, suicide, and murder. Sophocles, who died at the age of nearly ninety, two thousand four hundred years ago, was one of the world greatest poets and dramatists. He speaks to us today with a message no less necessary and elevating than it was to the Greeks of the fifth century B.C. We too need to be told that man is but a limited and contingent creature, subject to sudden disrupting forces. Success is not finally to be measured by fame or material prosperity. Human greatness consists ultimately in nobly accepting the responsibility of being what we are. Human freedom is found in the personal working out of our fate in terms appropriate to ourselves. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Sophocles' Theban plays: "Antigone", "Oedipus the King" and "Oedipus at Colonus". They depict Oedipus's fierce heroic encounter with his gods, and reveal Sophocles' masterful characterizations, dramatic speech and use of irony. Antigone defending her integrity and ideals to the death. Oedipus questioning for his identity and achieving immortality. These heroic figures have moved playgoers and readers since the fifth century B.C. Towering over the rest of Greek tragedy, these three plays are amongst the most enduring and timeless dramas ever written. REVIEW: Aristotle called "Oedipus The King," the second-written of the three Theban plays written by Sophocles, the masterpiece of the whole of Greek theater. Today, nearly 2,500 years after Sophocles wrote, scholars and audiences still consider it one of the most powerful dramatic works ever made. Freud sure did. 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. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: "The Three Theban Plays" of Sophocles collects three of the Greek tragic poets greatest tragedies. "King Oedipus" is not only the most read of all the Greek tragedies, it is also the most misread of the Greek dramas. Even those who do not know the play know the story about the man who killed his father and married his mother, "King Oedipus" is usually misread by students. Because they know the curse they miss something very important: the curse that the oracle at Delphi tells Oedipus is not the same curse that was told to his parents. The play's reputation exists in part because it was presented as the paragon of the dramatic form by Aristotle in his "Poetics," and it may well be because of that fact that "King Oedipus" was one of the relatively few plays by Sophocles to be passed down from ancient times. When I have taught Greek tragedies in various classes students have reconsidered the play in terms of key concepts such as harmartia ("tragic error of judgment"), angonrisis ("recognition"), peripeteia ("reversal"), catharsis, etc., and they usually agree this play provides the proverbial textbook examples of these terms. In "Oedipus at Colonus" Sophocles tells of the final fate of the exiled figure. Colonus is a village outside Athens, where the blind, old man has become a benevolent source of defense to the land that has given him his final refuge. The tragedy was produced posthumously in 401 B.C., and the legend is that it was used by Sophocles as his defense against the charge of senility brought by his children. In terms of its lack of dramatic structure (the scenes are connected by the character of Oedipus rather than by the loosely constructed plot) and the melancholy of its lyric odes it is the most atypical of the extant plays of Sophocles. But it is the characterization of Oedipus as a noble figure that stands out. This is still the same proud and hot-tempered figure who vowed to solve the reason for the curse on Thebes in the earlier play. But this is also an Oedipus who has accepted his punishment, even though he insists that he is innocent. The fact that this was the last play written by Sophocles offers a line of analysis for understanding "Oedipus at Colonus" as well. You can read in certain lyrics, such as the first "staismon" with its ode to Colonus and the characterization of King Theseus of Athens, the playwright's praise for the democratic institutions and proud history of Athens. On a more psychological level you can consider the play as articulating Sophocles' views on death. Still here is the compelling argument of the play that through his personal suffering Oedipus has been purified. Although narratively it comes last in the Theban plays, "Antigone" was actually written first by Sophocles. Following the death of Oedipus, his sons, Eteocles and Polyneices engaged in a civil war for the throne of Thebes (covered in "Seven Against Thebes" by Aeschylus). The two brothers kill each other and Creon, brother of Jocasta, becomes king. He orders that Eteocles, who nobly defended his city, shall receive an honorable burial, but that Polyneices, for leading the Argive invaders, shall be left unburied. This leads Antigone, sister to both of the slain brothers, to have to choose between obeying the rule of the state, the dictates of familial binds, and the will of the gods. This, of course, is the matter at the heart of this classic tragedy. It is too easy to see the issues of this play, first performed in the 5th century B.C., as being reflected in a host of more contemporary concerns, where the conscience of the individual conflicts with the dictates of the state. However, it seems to me that the conflict in "Antigone" is not so clear-cut as we would suppose. After all, Creon has the right to punish a traitor and to expect loyal citizens to obey. Ismene, Antigone's sister, chooses to obey, but Antigone takes a different path. The fact that the "burial" of her brother consists of the token gesture of throwing dirt upon his face, only serves to underscore the ambiguity of the situation Sophocles is developing. Even though the playwright strips Creon of his son, Haemon and wife, Eurydice by the end of the drama, it is not a fatal verdict rendered against the king's judgment, but rather the playing out of the tragedy that began with the birth of Oedipus to its grim conclusion. REVIEW: This collection of three plays is very good. Robert. The first play is “Antigone”. This is about a girl who buries her brother against the command of the king. Even though she is engaged to the king's son, he sentences her to death. The second play is “Oedipus the King”. In this drama we learn about Antigone's father, Oedipus. This is the first detective story. Oedipus is out to find the man bringing a curse on Thebes, only to discover he is the curse. The third play is “Oedipus at Colonus”. This play is about Oedipus after his exile. One can tell that this play was written at a different time by Sophocles because the characters have changed very much. For me, one of the most fascinating things about all these novels is the way they provide us to look at the past. By looking at the values held by the people in these plays, we learn about the cultural beliefs of the ancient Greeks. In addition, they really are good drama, and the translation is very easy to read. REVIEW: In the words of the translation, "I have tried to walk and to run, to rise and to sit, with the Master, but never by imitation, only by analogy, transposition, re-creation." Paul Roche, from his introduction, is clearly a good writer. He has given us the three plays in iambic lines of varying length, with inventive syntax and vocabulary (sanctioned by the example of the original). He brings the speech into reasonably colloquial English without sacrificing the "beat". (As an example of that, I particularly liked the byplay between Creon and the sentry in "Antigone".Overall, he achieves the right balance between vivacity of expression and dignity. His introduction and appendix are informative, opinionated, and well-written. In summary, this is an excellent version of these three plays (only a trilogy by coincidence). REVIEW: This is a fine example of the translator’s art form. Sophocles' masterpieces cannot be acclaimed enough for their fluidity, coherence, content and style. Indeed, I have never read a play that captured my heart and soul as much as Antigone, and I have never had more interest in any story than that of Oedipus. Roche's translations are the best ever produced by human hands. The text reads perfectly, as if originally written in English (although not in an English style), yet it more accurately represents Sophocles' work than any other translation on the market. Roche has used his great poetic skill and love of Greek to create a triumph of classic literature. REVIEW: This was a lot better than I expected it to be. The reading is easier than Shakespeare - in fact, I like this more. Much of the credit must go to Paul Roche. Watching a clip of a video of these plays (under a different translation) showed that his translation was not just word for word, but as he says in the introduction, a work of art that retains the melody of the poetry. I found the sophistication of Shakespeare (and the multiple suicides/murders) amazing for something written so much earlier. But what was here was something more human. Within the different but wonderful style of speaking (thanks to Sophocles) was a modern voice (thanks to Roche) that made this play not only readable but enjoyable. REVIEW: I'm not one to pick up a book of plays with enthusiasm. In fact, I'm not one to pick up a book of plays in the first place. But when we were instructed to read The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles, my eyes were glued to its pages! Much like Homer's Odyssey, this book has all of the components of a good reading. It has suspense, romance, fear, and best of all, the tragedy that completes it all. 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See detailed condition description below., Material: Paper, Provenance: Ancient Greece, Title: The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles, Publisher: Mentor (1958), Format: Hardcover with printed, laminate boards, Length: 224 pages, Dimensions: 7¼ x 4¼ x ¾ inches; ¾ pound.