Sophocles. Oedipus the King

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For centuries the myth of Oedipus, the man who unwittingly killed his father and married his mother, has exerted a powerful hold on the human imagination; but no retelling of that myth has ever come close, in passion, drama, and menace to the one that we find in Sophocles' Oedipus the King. This new full-scale edition of that classic play - the first in any language since 1883 - offers a freshly constituted text based on consultation of manuscripts ancient and mediaeval. The introduction explores the play's dating and production, its creative engagement with pre-Sophoclean versions, its major themes, and its reception during antiquity. The commentary offers a detailed analysis, line by line and scene by scene, of the play's language, staging, and dramatic impact. The translation incorporated into the commentary ensures that the book will be accessible to all readers interested in what is arguably the greatest Greek tragedy of all.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages722
ISBN (Print)9781108419512
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018

Publication series

NameCambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries
ISSN (Print)0068-6638


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