Most widely held works about Sophocles
Most widely held works by Sophocles
Oedipus the King by Sophocles ( Book )
2,052 editions published between 1550 and 2011 in 41 languages and held by 4,984 libraries worldwide
The text is accompanied by a wealth of carefully chosen background materials and essays. Among the background materials are selections from Homer's Odyssey, Thucydides' account of the plague, and Euripides' Phoenissae. The best of ancient and modern criticism is represented, permitting discussion from many points of view: psychological, religious, anthropological, dramatic, and literary.
Antigone by Sophocles ( Book )
1,928 editions published between 1540 and 2011 in 51 languages and held by 4,295 libraries worldwide
Publisher's description: Echoing through western culture for more than two millennia, Sophocles' play has been a touchstone of thinking about human conflict and human tragedy, the role of the divine in human life, and the degree to which men and women are the creators of their own destiny. This exciting new translation of the Antigone is both extremely faithful to the Greek and poetically striking and convincing.
Sophocles by Sophocles ( Book )
557 editions published between 1824 and 2010 in 8 languages and held by 2,713 libraries worldwide
Collects the full texts of Sophocles' seven ancient Greek plays, including updated translations of "Oedipus the King," "Antigone," and "The Women of Trachis," as well as stage directions and prefaces to each play.
The complete Greek drama : all the extant tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, and the comedies of Aristophanes and Menander, in a variety of translations ( Book )
1 edition published in 1938 in English and held by 2,295 libraries worldwide
Electra by Sophocles ( Book )
812 editions published between 1531 and 2010 in 26 languages and held by 2,051 libraries worldwide
"Electra recounts the murders of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus by Clytemnestra's son Orestes, to avenge their murder of his father Agamemnon, commander of the Greeks at Troy, upon his return home. Sophocles' version is presented from the viewpoint of Electra, Orestes' sister, who laments her father, bears witness to her mother's crime, and for years endures her mother's scorn. When Orestes arrives at last, her mood shifts from grief to joy as Orestes carries out the bloody vengeance. Despite her overwhelming passion for just revenge, Electra admits that her own actions are shameful." "Sophocles presents this story as a savage though necessary act of vengeance, vividly depicting Electra's grief, anger, and exultation. This translation equals the original in ferocity of expression and leaves intact the inarticulate cries of suffering and joy that fill the play."--BOOK JACKET.
The three Theban plays by Sophocles ( Book )
58 editions published between 1956 and 2009 in English and held by 1,995 libraries worldwide
Aristotle called "Oedipus The King," the second-written of the three Theban plays written by Sophocles, the masterpiece of the whole of Greek theater. Today, nearly 2,500 years after Sophocles wrote, scholars and audiences still consider it one of the most powerful dramatic works ever made. Freud sure did. The three plays--"Antigone," "Oedipus the King," and "Oedipus at Colonus"--are not strictly a trilogy, but all are based on the Theban myths that were old even in Sophocles' time. This particular edition was rendered by Robert Fagles, perhaps the best translator of the Greek classics into English.
The Theban plays by Sophocles ( Book )
129 editions published between 1946 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,908 libraries worldwide
A translation of the three plays dealing with events in the Oedipodean family history.
Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles ( Book )
601 editions published between 1549 and 2008 in 22 languages and held by 1,841 libraries worldwide
"Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus tells the story of the last day in the life of Oedipus. It was written at the end of the fifth century BCE in Athens, in the final years of the "Golden Age" of Athenian culture, and in the last year of Sophocles' own life. At the center of the play is the mysterious transformation of Oedipus from an old and blind beggar, totally dependent on his daughters, to the man who rises from his seat and, without help, leads everyone to the place where he is destined to die. In the background of this transformation stands the grove of the Furies, the sacred place of the implacable goddesses who pursue the violators of blood relationships. Although Oedipus, who killed his father and married his mother, is an obvious target of the Furies' vengeance, he enters their grove at the beginning of the play, sure that it is the resting place Apollo has predicted for him. The reversals and paradoxes in the play speak to the struggle that Oedipus' life and the action of the play bring vividly before us: how do we as humans, subject to constant change, find stable ground on which to stand and define our moral lives? Sophocles offers his play as a witness to the remarkable human capacity to persevere in this struggle."--BOOK JACKET.
Philoctetes by Sophocles ( Book )
633 editions published between 1553 and 2009 in 19 languages and held by 1,829 libraries worldwide
"En route to fight the Trojan War, the Greek army abandons Philoctetes after the smell of his festering wound, mysteriously received from a snakebite at a shrine on a small island off Lemnos, makes it unbearable to keep him on ship. Ten years later, an oracle makes it clear that the war cannot be won without the assistance of Philoctetes and his famous bow, inherited from Hercules himself. Philoctetes focuses on the attempt of Neoptolemus and the hero Odysseus to persuade the bowman to sail with them to Troy. First, though, they must assuage his bitterness over having been abandoned, and then win his trust. But how should they do this - through trickery, or with the truth? To what extent do the ends justify the means? To what degree should personal integrity be compromised for the sake of public duty? These are among the questions that Sophocles puts forward in this, one of his most morally complex and penetrating plays."--BOOK JACKET.
The Oedipus cycle : an English version by Sophocles ( Book )
47 editions published between 1939 and 2010 in English and held by 1,517 libraries worldwide
Three tragedies recount the downfall of Oedipus, his death in exile, and the actions by his daughter Antigone following his death.
Women of Trachis by Sophocles ( Book )
353 editions published between 1584 and 2010 in 16 languages and held by 1,417 libraries worldwide
The Oedipus plays of Sophocles; Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone by Sophocles ( Book )
50 editions published between 1958 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,398 libraries worldwide
[In this book, the translator] captures the dramatic power and intensity, the subtleties of meaning, and the explosive emotions of Sophocles' great Theban Trilogy. [He] presents the ... story of a noble family moving toward catastrophe, dragged down from wealth and power by pride, cursed with incest, suicide, and murder. -Back cover.
Ajax by Sophocles ( Book )
626 editions published between 1533 and 2011 in 17 languages and held by 1,195 libraries worldwide
"Brought boldly to life by Herbert Golder and Richard Pevear's translation and contextualized by Herbert Golder's eloquent introduction, this early Sophoclean tragedy tells the story of the Homeric hero better known as Ajax, who was second only to Achilles among the Greek warriors. In Greek tradition, Aias figures as the archaic warrior who dies in shame after his betrayal by the Greeks. Sophocles turns tradition inside out, portraying Aias' suicide not as a disgrace but as heroism. He endows Aias' suicide with a meaning radically different from previous versions of the Aias myth - Aias is not the hero whom time has passed by, but rather the man who steps beyond time. Most previous versions and interpretations have equivocated over Sophocles' bold vision. This edition of Aias translates precisely that transformation of the hero from the bygone figure to the man who transcends time."--Jacket.
Fifteen Greek plays ( Book )
8 editions published between 1943 and 1958 in English and held by 1,187 libraries worldwide
Greek tragedies by David Grene ( Book )
10 editions published between 1942 and 1968 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,059 libraries worldwide
Contains translations of plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides; a selection from The Complete Greek tragedies.
The complete Greek tragedies ( Book )
6 editions published between 1953 and 1970 in English and held by 1,040 libraries worldwide
Sophokles : the complete plays by Sophocles ( Book )
387 editions published between 1781 and 2000 in 5 languages and held by 814 libraries worldwide
The tragedies of Sophocles by Sophocles ( Book )
267 editions published between 1729 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 794 libraries worldwide
The fragments of Sophocles by Sophocles ( Book )
240 editions published between 1062 and 2006 in 8 languages and held by 550 libraries worldwide
Tragoediae by Sophocles ( Book )
386 editions published between 1502 and 1995 in 11 languages and held by 499 libraries worldwide
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