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Works: 12,230 works in 34,269 publications in 33 languages and 265,651 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Tragedies (Drama)  Mythological plays  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Essays  Fiction  Acting editions  Verse drama  Poetry  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Other, Originator, Honoree, Contributor, Librettist, htt, Lyricist, Composer, Adapter, Translator, Collector
Classifications: PA4414.A2, 882.01
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Most widely held works by Sophocles
Oedipus the King by Sophocle( Book )

1,583 editions published between 1550 and 2020 in 16 languages and held by 12,716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatizes the story of Oedipus, who killed his father and married his mother
Philoctetes by Sophocles( )

743 editions published between 1553 and 2019 in 21 languages and held by 7,772 WorldCat member 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
Elektra : a play by Sophocles( Book )

854 editions published between 1537 and 2020 in 25 languages and held by 7,731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This critical edition of Ezra Pound's Elektra marks the most significant appearance in twenty years of a "new" work by the controversial poet. Composed in the early months of 1949, while Pound was under indictment for treason and hospitalized by court order in Washington, D.C., this hitherto unpublished version of Sophocles' play documents a critical stage in the poet's writing career: with his subsequent rendition of Sophocles' Trachiniae and his ongoing translations from the Chinese classics, it signaled his return to sustained composition and his eventual decision to resume his life work, the Cantos. The success of Carey Perloff's Classic Stage Company debut of Pound's play in 1987 has already demonstrated the interest of the theatrical community in the work, and this presentation of the text, with critical apparatus, is a major event in Pound studies. The edition serves as a kind of practical workshop in translation, particularly in its exposition of Pound's discussions with his collaborator, Rudd Fleming. Richard Reid demonstrates in his introduction that Pound's choice of the Elektra was of crucial significance. In the play Sophocles confronts many of our most deeply held cultural assumptions: those concerning the family, the community, the claims of religion and justice, and language itself. As anyone familiar with the works of Pound will readily recognize, these issues are central in his own writings. The Elektra clarifies the formal, thematic, and psychological dilemmas seen in his work following the achievements recorded in the Pisan Cantos. This play and Pound's version of the Trachiniae can lead to a reassessment of his entire oeuvre in the context of this century's history. It will be essential reading for admirers of Pound's poetry, for students of the art of translation, and for directors and actors interested in performing the drama of ancient Athens on the modern stage
Antigone by Sophocles( Book )

326 editions published between 1788 and 2019 in 17 languages and held by 5,979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Disaster follows when Creon, King of Thebes, forbids Antigone to bury her brother whom he has declared a traitor
Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles( )

152 editions published between 1823 and 2020 in 6 languages and held by 5,903 WorldCat member 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."--Jacket
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles( )

152 editions published between 1787 and 2020 in 9 languages and held by 5,798 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Contains the unabridged text of the classic Greek tragedy about Oedipus, a king who inadvertantly kills his father and marries his mother."
Aias = Ajax by Sophocles( Book )

707 editions published between 1556 and 2019 in 16 languages and held by 5,276 WorldCat member 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
The Oedipus Trilogy -- Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone by Sophocles( )

17 editions published between 1912 and 2021 in English and held by 2,941 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Disregard for messages from the oracles and gods doesn't turn out well for characters in Greek stories, and Oedipus is no exception. Encompassing murder and betrayal, incest and patricide, this set of three plays follows the life of a man doomed to suffer from birth. Sophocles wrote these classic Greek tragedies in fifth century BCE. This English translation, by F. Storr, was first published in 1912
Women of Trachis by Sophocles( Book )

37 editions published between 1954 and 2021 in English and held by 1,465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Trachiniae (also known as The Trachinian Women, The Women of Trachis or The Maidens of Trachis) is a tragedy by the ancient Greek playwright Sophocles. Unusually, the title refers to the Chorus rather than to the chief protagonists, the Greek hero Heracles and his jealous wife, Deianeira, who accidentally brings about Heracles' death with a poisoned robe
Oedipus Tyrannus : a new translation ; passages from ancient authors ; religion and psychology : some studies ; criticism by Sófocles( Book )

6 editions published between 1970 and 1996 in English and held by 1,103 WorldCat member 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
Trachiniae by Sophocles( Book )

118 editions published between 1588 and 2018 in 8 languages and held by 1,093 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story begins with Deianeira, the wife of Heracles, relating the story of her early life and her plight adjusting to married life. She is now distraught over her husband's neglect of her family. Often involved in some adventure, he rarely visits them. She sends their son Hyllus to find him, as she is concerned over prophecies about Heracles and the land he is currently in. After Hyllus sets off, a messenger arrives with word that Heracles, victorious in his recent battle, is making offerings on Cape Cenaeum and coming home soon to Trachis
Sophoclis tragoediae by Sophocles( Book )

268 editions published between 1 and 1985 in 6 languages and held by 1,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Antigone of Sophocles by Sofokles( Book )

126 editions published between 1824 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 1,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Holograph written in the hand of Alfred M. Langley (?)
The tragedies of Sophocles by Sophocles( Book )

287 editions published between 1568 and 2012 in 10 languages and held by 1,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greek tragedies by David Grene( Book )

4 editions published between 1960 and 1964 in English and held by 953 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains translations of plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides; a selection from The Complete Greek tragedies
Nine Greek dramas by Aeschylus( Book )

27 editions published between 1909 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 936 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sophocles' Antigone : a new translation by Sophocles( )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author's translation reflects the play's inherent theatricality. She provides an analytical introduction and comprehensive notes, and the edition includes an essay by director Karen Libman
Sophocles by Sophocles( Book )

94 editions published between 1864 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Theban plays by Sophocles( Book )

54 editions published between 1947 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

King Oedipus -- Oedipus at colonus -- Antigone
Sophokles by Sophocles( Book )

240 editions published between 1597 and 1988 in 7 languages and held by 778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The Oedipus Trilogy -- Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone
PhiloctetesElektra : a playAntigoneOedipus at ColonusOedipus RexAias = AjaxThe Oedipus Trilogy -- Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, AntigoneWomen of Trachis
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Pseudo-Sophocles ca. v496/97 - v406/05






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Sòfocles dramaturg de l'antiga Grècia

Sófocles dramaturgo da antiga Grecia

Sofocles dramaturgo de la antigua Grecia

Sófocles dramaturgu griegu antiguu

Sofocles un poeta trágico griego


Sofokl 497-406 f.Kr

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Sofokles grecki dramaturg

Sofokles grekisk dramatiker och tragediförfattare

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Sôfôqles ca. v496/97 - v406/05




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Sophocle [de Colone]

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Σοφοκλῆς 0496?-0406 av. J.-C.

Σοφοκλής 497-406 π.Χ

Σοφοκλής B.C. 496-B.C. 406



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סופוקלס מחזאי יווני בן המאה החמישית לפנה"ס



سوفوكليس، 496-406 ق.م.






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