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ISBN: 9780140440034 - The Theban Plays
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The Theban Plays

Sophocles

ISBN: 9780140440034
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics


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Presents tales such as "King Oedipus", "Oedipus at Colonus", and "Antigone".

 

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The legends surrounding the royal house of Thebes inspired Sophocles to create a powerful trilogy of mankind's struggle against fate. "King Oedipus" tells of a man who brings pestilence to Thebes for crimes he doesn't realise he has committed, and then inflicts a brutal punishment on himself. It is a devastating portrayal of a ruler brought down by his own oath. "Oedipus at Colonus" provides a fitting conclusion to the life of the aged and blinded king, while "Antigone" depicts the fall of the next generation through the conflict between a young woman ruled by her conscience and a king too confident in his own authority.
 
 

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