Author of greek dramas oedipus and antigone

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Oedipus Rex and Antigone by Sophocles

Oedipus Rex is the greatest of the Greek tragedies, a profound meditation on the human condition. The story of the mythological king, who is doomed to kill his father and marry his mother, has resonated in world culture for almost 2,500 years. But Sophocles’ drama as originally performed was much more than a great story—it was a superb poetic script and exciting theatrical experience. The actors spoke in pulsing rhythms with hypnotic forward momentum, making it hard for audiences to look away. Interspersed among the verbal rants and duels were energetic songs performed by the chorus.

            David Mulroy’s brilliant verse translation of Oedipus Rex recaptures the aesthetic power of Sophocles’ masterpiece while also achieving a highly accurate translation in clear, contemporary English. Speeches are rendered with the same kind of regular iambic rhythm that gave the Sophoclean originals their drive. The choral parts are translated as fluid rhymed songs. Mulroy also supplies an introduction, notes, and appendixes to provide helpful context for general readers and students.

 

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Sophocles Oedipus Rex 1957

Classical Tragedy, Universal Themes: Sophocles’ Antigone

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Antigone is a tragedy by Sophocles written in or before BC. Of the three Theban plays All of Greece will despise Creon, and the sacrificial offerings of Thebes will not be accepted by the gods. .. (Sophocles, Volume II: Antigone, The Women of Trachis, Philoctetes, Oedipus at Colonus, Loeb Classical Library No.
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Of the three Theban plays Antigone is the third in order of the events depicted in the plays, but it is the first that was written. Prior to the beginning of the play, brothers Eteocles and Polynices , leading opposite sides in Thebes ' civil war, died fighting each other for the throne. Creon , the new ruler of Thebes and brother of the former Queen Jocasta, has decided that Eteocles will be honored and Polyneices will be in public shame. The rebel brother's body will not be sanctified by holy rites and will lie unburied on the battlefield, prey for carrion animals like worms and vultures, the harshest punishment at the time. Antigone and Ismene are the sisters of the dead Polyneices and Eteocles.

Sophocles , born c. The best known of his dramas is Oedipus the King. Sophocles was an ancient Greek dramatist who lived from about to about BCE. He wrote over plays and was one of the three famous Greek tragedians along with Aeschylus and Euripides. He is credited with diverging from the typical format of a tragedy : he increased the number of speaking actors, increased the number of chorus members, and used painted scenery. Sophocles was one of the three great Greek tragedians. Of his eight plays seven full, one fragmented that remain today, his most famous is Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex , which is known for its impressive construction and use of dramatic devices.

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