Oedipus the King

Oedipus the King

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Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly recreate the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of theGreek in order to evoke the sense of poetry evident in the originals. Under the editorship of Peter Burian and Alan Shaprio, each volume includes a critical introduction, commentary on difficult passages, ample stage directions, and a glossary of the mythical names and geographical referencesencountered in the dialogue. Sophocles' Oedipus the King paves the way as the first in the series to appear in paperback. In this highly-acclaimed translation of the greatest of all Greek tragedies, Stephen Berg--the well-known poet--and Diskin Clay--the distinguished classicist--combine their talents to offer thecontemporary reader a dazzling version of Sophocles' timeless work. Emphasizing the intensity of the spoken language, they capture the unrelenting power of Sophoclean drama. No other English translation conveys the same terrifying emotional level, especially in the choral odes, the forcefuldescriptions of Jokasta's death, the blinding of Oedipus, and the final scene of desolation. Berg and Clay's translation--now available for the first time in paperback--both adheres strictly to the original meaning of the play and breathes new life into its language.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1988
ISBN: 9780195054934
Branch Call Number: 882.2 SOPHOCLES
Characteristics: x, 114 p., paper ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Clay, Diskin
Berg, Stephen


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Mar 05, 2016

An amazing Greek tragedy, showing Oedipus' pride, ignorance, and vanity before revealing his shame and horror at his identity and actions. Oedipus looks into his past and the past of Thebes in order to heal his sickened city, but in his search to see the truth, realizes that he has truly been blind his whole life.

medina_musical_bee Jun 04, 2015

Oedipus the king was a strange story about prophecies. I thought that this play was very predictable and i would not recommend this book. It did however convey a strange point of not being able to change the future and the prophecy told.

Oct 29, 2013

Wow! A very intense play with quite an unusual and very original type of plot.


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Jun 09, 2014

Oedipus the King by Sophocles is a book about a man whose life was predetermined from the day he was born. He was destined to murder his father and marry his mother and he did not become aware of this prophecy until he was a young man. He was adopted but he did not know he was so he ran away from his family and on his way to a new life he killed his father. When he got to his new place he tied the knot with his mother. He fulfilled the prophecies that were prophesied the day he was born.


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