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Works: 12,520 works in 35,425 publications in 53 languages and 293,745 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Tragedies (Drama)  Mythological plays  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Essays  Literary criticism  Fiction  Acting editions  Verse drama  Radio programs 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Other, htt, Honoree, Contributor, Librettist, Lyricist, Composer, Adapter, Translator, Conceptor, Originator, Collector
Classifications: PA4414.O7, 882.01
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Most widely held works by Sophocles
Oedipus the King by Sófocles( Book )

1,798 editions published between 1550 and 2022 in 20 languages and held by 19,654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

1,925 editions published between 1540 and 2021 in 46 languages and held by 17,299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a modern interpretation of Sophocles' Antigone and includes explanatory notes on the text and mythological content
Philoctetes by Sophocles( )

708 editions published between 1553 and 2020 in 21 languages and held by 7,339 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 Sophokles( Book )

681 editions published between 1537 and 2020 in 25 languages and held by 7,263 WorldCat member 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."--Jacket
Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles( )

386 editions published between 1789 and 2020 in 10 languages and held by 6,235 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."--Résumé de l'éditeur
Aias = Ajax by Sophocles( Book )

746 editions published between 1556 and 2022 in 16 languages and held by 5,985 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( )

12 editions published between 1912 and 2014 in English and held by 2,532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Theban plays by Sophocles( )

13 editions published between 1947 and 2014 in English and held by 2,399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These three plays by Sophocles (496-406 B.C.), though they are all based on the legend of the royal house of Thebes, were written at different periods and dramatize different themes. Antigone is the tragedy of a woman ruled by conscience, an overconfident king, and a young man tormented by conflicting loyalties. King Oedipus is a vast and living portrait of a man, without parallel in the Greek theatre, and Oedipus at Colonus completes the story with the legend of the passing of the aged hero
Women of Trachis by Sophocles( Book )

37 editions published between 1954 and 2021 in English and held by 2,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The least developed of all Sophocles' tragedies in terms of structure and action, Women of Trachis dramatizes the unfortunate and accidental death of Ancient Greece’s greatest hero, Heracles. The play is set before the royal palace at Trachis, fifteen months since the region’s king, Heracles, has left his home to go on one of his adventures. His queen, Deianira, is worried due to the lack of news, so she sends her son Hyllus to find out what has become of Heracles. Hyllus, however, already knows this much: after serving as a slave for a year at the court of queen Omphale, Heracles is currently fighting in Oechalia against King Eurytas, the author of his previous demise. Determined to help him, Hyllus leaves for Oechalia. Soon after, Heracles' herald Lichas arrives at the court of Trachis with a few female captives, one of whom is none other than Iole, King Eurytas' daughter. After some inquiring, Deianira learns from Lichas that Heracles has conquered Oechalia not because of Eurytas’ offense, but because he wanted the country’s princess for himself. Disheartened, Deianira sends Heracles a festal robe anointed with the blood of the centaur Nessus, who had told her, years before and with his dying breath, that his blood is a love charm which has such power to make Heracles never look upon any other woman. That is precisely what happens, but not in line with Deianira’s expectations. Namely, as Hyllus soon reports, the robe has poisoned Heracles, and he is in such pain and agony that he is better off dead. Upon realizing what she has done, Deianira kills herself. After being brought home to Trachis, Heracles asks his son Hyllus to marry Iole and then orders him to light a funeral pyre that will put an end to his suffering
Sophoclis tragoediae by Sophocle( Book )

384 editions published between 1 and 1985 in 9 languages and held by 1,418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Antigone of Sophocles by Sophocles( Book )

142 editions published between 1824 and 2005 in 6 languages and held by 1,251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antigone defies the king by planning to bury her brother; her capture and punishment lead to tragedy
Trachiniae by Sophocle( Book )

115 editions published between 1588 and 2018 in 9 languages and held by 1,126 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
Oedipus Tyrannus : a new translation ; passages from ancient authors ; religion and psychology : some studies ; criticism by Sophocles( Book )

11 editions published between 1966 and 1980 in English and held by 1,122 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
Sophokles by Sophocles( Book )

320 editions published between 1597 and 1988 in 8 languages and held by 1,001 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tragedies of Sophocles by Sophocles( Book )

269 editions published between 1547 and 2008 in 9 languages and held by 992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sophocles by Sophocles( Book )

35 editions published between 1832 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains Sophocles' famous "Theban plays."
Greek tragedies by David Grene( Book )

2 editions published in 1960 in English and held by 935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

14 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in English and held by 734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of dramas includes “Antigone” the story of its title character, a strong heroine whose complete commitment to familial duty brings her to challenge the will of her king; “Oedipus the King,” the legend of Oedipus who is exiled as an infant by his royal father because of a prophesy of patricide and incest; and “Oedipus at Colonus,” a drama which finds Oedipus at the end of his life caught between the warring kings of Athens and Thebes who each desire that Oedipus’s final resting place be in their respective lands--Amazon
Oedipus the king by Sophocles( Recording )

46 editions published between 1963 and 2021 in English and Undetermined and held by 700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Consummate theatre artist Nicholas Rudall breathes contemporary life into the Greek psychological drama that still fascinates and terrifies audiences today. In Sophocles' tragedy, Oedipus discovers that he has been caught in his terrible destiny, unkowingly murdering his father and marrying his mother"--Container
Oedipus, king of Thebes by Sophocles( Book )

61 editions published between 1715 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names



Sofocle, aproximadament 496 aC-406 aC

Sofocle, ca. 496-406 v.Chr.


Sòfocles, aproximadament 496-406 aC

Sòfocles, ca. 496-406 aC

Sofocles, ca. 496-406 v.Chr.


Sofokl, ca. 496-406 v.Chr.

Sofokle, aproximadament 496 aC-406 aC


Sofokles, ca. 496-406 v.Chr.




Sophocle (0496?-0406 av.J.C.).

Sophocle, aproximadament 496 aC-406 aC

Sophocle, ca. 496-406 v.Chr.

Sophocle [de Colone]


Sophocles, aproximadament 496 aC-406 aC

Sophocles [Atheniensis]

Sophocles Tragicus

Sophoclis, ca. 496-406 v.Chr.


Sophokles, aproximadament 496 aC-406 aC

Sophokles [Athener]

Sophokles, ca. 496-406 v.Chr.

Sophokles [Sohn des Sophillos]

Sophokles [Tragiker]

Sophokles [von Athen]



Sūfūklīs, ca. 496-406 v.Chr.




Софокл, 495-409 до н.э.





سوفوكليس، 496-406 ق.م.