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Take these things to heart, my son, I warn you All men make mistakes, it is only human.
But once the wrong is done, a mancan turn his back on folly, misfortune too,if he tries to make amends, however low he s fallen,and stops his bullnecked ways Stubbornness brands you for stupidity pride is a crime.
No, yield to the dead Never stab the fighter when he s down Where s the glory, killing the dead twice overTiresias, the blind prophet, to Creon, king of Thebes, uncle of Antigone in Antigone Three very good decisions led me to finally read the Penguin Classic Edition of Sophocles three Theban plays First and foremost, I have eventually decided a few month ago to take a course in Classical Mythology This has always been my wish, but as with so many things in life it had been postponed for years The course did not open Pandora s box, it has instead enhanced my understanding of literature and art in general and given me new insights of how Classical mythology is part of our cultural legacy Amongst others we had to read Sophocles Oedipus the King I knew, somewhere in my house I would find a battered, yellow Reclam edition in German This work by Sophocles is a set book for almost every high school student here in Zurich On the spur of a moment I decided, however, to read not only this well known play, but to add the two other Theban Plays Antigone and Oedipus at Colonus This was my second good decision My third brave decision was to read these plays in an English translation instead of a German one, mostly because I could not find any decent new translation into German This is how I came into the possession of a brand new copy of the Penguin Classic Edition, translated by Robert Fagles Professor of Comparative Literature, Emeritus, at Princeton University with introductions and notes by Bernard Knox Director Emeritus of Harvard s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington As so often with Penguin Classics editions, I fell instantly in love with the cover, depicting Gustave Dor s The Enigma Mus e d Orsay, Paris I cannot praise highly enough this edition and its translation The beautiful and simple language is easy to understand even for non native English speakers the accompanying notes are clear and require only a basic knowledge of Greek mythology They help to enjoy even the compelling writing and subtle irony of the plays If you have read Oedipus the King years ago and are now ready to revisit this work, give it a try and read all three Theban plays by Sophocles They consist of Antigone written ca 442 B.
C , Oedipus the King ca 430 B.
C and Oedipus at Colonus produced after Sophocles death in 401 B.
C Besides the beautifully structured Oedipus the King the two other Theban plays about the idealistic Antigone and Oedipus in exile are no less captivating and have not lost their attractiveness As all Greek dramas, Sophocles tragedies are based on myths that have been passed on orally Bernard Knox explainsThe stuff from which the tragic poet made his plays was not contemporary reality but myth And yet it did reflect contemporary reality, did so perhaps in terms authoritative because they were not colored by the partisan emotions of the time, terms which were in fact so authorative that they remain meaningful even for us todayp.
22 One of the best examples that these stories have the same powerful meaning as 2400 years ago is the quote mentioned at the beginning of this review by Tiresias to Creon Nevertheless, I am aware that the modern reader of today has another approach to these works than the Athenian male viewer had women apparently were rarely admitted to the spectacles During my course I read several plays not only by Sophocles but also by Aeschylus and Euripides Even though I love Greek Mythology and I am very much attracted to the Classical Antiquity, it has often been difficult for me to digest the misogyny of Classical cultures Greek men do not seem to have been very comfortable around women In several myths women are depicted as malicious, monstrous or even eerie Monsters are often female It seems that Antigone is a rare exception Her integrity and humanity, which Sophocles describes so masterfully, makes her sympathetic to the modern reader Oedipus might have been the hero of the male Athenian viewer , but I think Oedipus daughter Antigone is my personal hero of the stories Let me thus conclude with a quote by Bernard Knox about my favourite character in the playsher courage and steadfastness are a gleam of light she is the embodiment of the only consolation tragedy can offer that in certain heroic natures unmerited suffering and death can be met with a greatness of soul which, because it is purely human, brings honor to us allp.
53 Heroes in Greek mythology were not basically good or moral persons they could be quite the opposite A hero could have a divine parent or being extraordinary in some other ways, he did not have to be a good man.
Amazing Ebook, The Oedipus Cycle By Sophocles This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book The Oedipus Cycle , Essay By Sophocles Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please read And Make A Refission For You Two years ago, I read the Theban plays in my ninth grade class I liked them I promptly forgot every single thing I thought about them I have a terrible memory So when audible offered a free audio of the plays with a full cast narration I went for it And of course loved it again The narration helped this audio stars the excellent Jamie Glover as Oedipus and the always talented Hayley Atwell as Antigone, but casting choices such as Samantha Bond as Jocasta, Michael Melone as Creon, and Lydia Leonard as Ismene stand out as wellOedipus the KingOkay, can I just say Oedipus did nothing wrong It s a very Classical idea that fate is unavoidable and undeniable, but it s just not an idea I agree with Oedipus is a dude trying to escape a horrible fate, a dude who runs and moves countries to avoid a prophecy saying he will kill his father and have kids with his mother He has literally no way of knowing that he is actually falling into that fate Sophocles would love me to believe it is his fault I do not agree Oedipus deserved better 2k18 What I do like about this play, however, is that it is a tragedy where no character has purposefully fucked things up Every single character from the later unsympathetic Creon to the excellently written Jocasta is sympathetic It is so upsetting to see it unfold, see these characters have their lives so completely ruined I was near tears during Oedipus final speech Not a single one of them deserved thisOedipus at ColonusI actually, in hindsight, am not sure I read this in ninth grade We were only actually required to read Antigone This is the Family Feelings play, as in the relationship between Antigone and Ismene and Oedipus is upsetting and I don t like it Almost all the action of this one is offstage, which makes it far harder to follow honestly, this feels like a joiner between Oedipus the King and Antigone I did enjoy the sense of tragedy and the character development, but there s honestly not much that s original about this playAntigoneThis was one of my favorite plays in ninth grade, and it honestly still is Possibly tied with Medea, Antigone is my favorite Greek tragic protagonist Isn t she iconic Isn t she amazing I love her You know who else I love Ismene She s a fucking icon Ismene and Antigone have the most beautiful sisterly relationship and I adore them Also, this post is basically me Antigone Seriously, though, I find Antigone s character so wonderfully tragic and so incredibly compelling She s filled with a deep sense of honor and also a deep desire to stick it to the man, warring within I could write an essay on her and possibly might on the Lit exam we ll see in conclusionthese plays are an excellent look at the nature of humanity, the hypocrisy of us and the fact that we all have our good sides I really enjoyed these and would love to reread again and again.
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This Robert Fagles translation is beautiful far superior to other versions I ve read Fitts Fitzgerald or David Greene s, for instance The language is vibrant and compelling, an important asset for reading drama on the page If you ve not read Sophocles since a forced and indifferent slog during high school, I d encourage you to rediscover it in a better light with this translation Highly recommended.
This was my first time reading all three Oedipus plays in succession, and I appreciated that this volume presents them chronologically by Sophocles date of composition rather than sequentially according to their place in the Theban myth It s helpful to think of the three plays not as a trilogy, but rather three separate tellings of the myth This is how the Greek audiences would have seen them, and this arrangement also serves to better highlight Sophocles development as a playwright.
The introductory essays by Bernard Knox are also a joy to read for those who are interested, but they re by no means a requirement for the general reader The plays will stand on their own merit, with or without the introductory material At the very least, though, I d suggest reading the brief summary of the Theban myths on pp 27 29 for background if you re not already familiar with the story.
Wonderful I know we need to read these in modern translations, but how amazing is it that we still have works from ancient Greece These stories are not at all boring, or dated, or difficult to read Pick the translation that suits you, whether poetry or prose or somewhere in between and dive into some incredible drama.
Of happiness the crown and chiefest part Is wisdom, to hold the gods in awe.
This is the law That, seeing the stricken heartOf pride brought down,We learn when we are old.
I felt an urge to return to the stories that set my mind on fire, way down the tunnels of time, and I chose blindly, or so I thought Enjoying them even today than I did the first two dozen times I read them, I nonetheless wondered why these plays and why now In the middle of reading half a dozen other books, I still felt restless, and kept circling the bookcases, looking for something satisfying If ever there was a time to read, and understand Greek tragedy, it is now, given how the latest political events are shaping our world.
In a time fraught with willing blindness, much as Oedipus himself adopts an unwillingness to see the truth before him, these plays are a reminder of the dangers that can ensue when we choose not to see what is so plainly before us The three plays combined seem to ask the same question what is the duty of the citizen in the state to uphold those laws imposed upon them by one man s invention, in The State, be that man ever so stubborn, or so wrong or to listen to the heart and uphold the greater laws of Nature, and inherently, Humanity It is a push pull of the heart and mind and not so easily resolved as it would seem and, because we are not gods, the right answer, The Truth, often comes too late, as it did with Creon.
Is there a time, ever, in humanity, when the prophecies were heeded in time Or are we doomed to repeat this process, to the very end of time itself Not even Sophocles can offer an answer on that one.

Oidipous epi Kol n i Oedipus tyrannus coloneus and Antigone, SophoclesOedipus at Colonus also Oedipus Coloneus, Ancient Greek , Oidipous epi Kol n i is one of the three Theban plays of the Athenian tragedian Sophocles It was written shortly before Sophocles death in 406 BC and produced by his grandson also called Sophocles at the Festival of Dionysus in 401 BC 1974 1334 196 1352 376 9644870328 1356 1385