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Works: 12,155 works in 34,725 publications in 54 languages and 273,787 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Tragedies (Drama)  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Mythological plays  Essays  Fiction  Acting editions  Verse drama  Poetry  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Other, Honoree, Contributor, Lyricist, htt, Librettist, Composer, Adapter, Translator, Originator, Collector
Classifications: PA4414.A2, 882.01
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Sophocles
Antigone by Sophocles( Book )

2,272 editions published between 1540 and 2020 in 46 languages and held by 20,123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

1,131 editions published between 1661 and 2019 in 15 languages and held by 10,658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatizes the story of Oedipus, who killed his father and married his mother
The cure at Troy : a version of Sophocles' Philoctetes by Sophocles( )

722 editions published between 1553 and 2019 in 23 languages and held by 7,451 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."--Résumé de l'éditeur
Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles( )

321 editions published between 1729 and 2020 in 10 languages and held by 6,868 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( )

156 editions published between 1787 and 2020 in 10 languages and held by 5,856 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."
Electra by Sophocles( Book )

779 editions published between 1537 and 2020 in 26 languages and held by 5,629 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."
Aias = Ajax by Sophocles( Book )

689 editions published between 1556 and 2019 in 16 languages and held by 5,414 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
Sophocles by Sophocles( Book )

587 editions published between 1550 and 2017 in 13 languages and held by 4,454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

King Oedipus -- Oedipus at colonus -- Antigone
The Oedipus trilogy : Oedipus the king ; Oedipus at Colonus ; Antigone by Sophocles( )

16 editions published between 1912 and 2014 in English and held by 3,084 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
Sophocle by Sophocles( Book )

516 editions published between 1547 and 2017 in 11 languages and held by 1,803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

V.2. Ajax, oedipe roi, electre. ISBN 225200307X V.3 Philoctete, oedipe a colone
Oedipus Tyrannus : a new translation ; passages from ancient authors ; religion and psychology : some studies ; criticism by Sophocles( Book )

98 editions published between 1589 and 2018 in 14 languages and held by 1,713 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
Women of Trachis by Sophocles( Book )

35 editions published between 1954 and 2008 in English and held by 1,455 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
Trachiniae by Sophocles( Book )

120 editions published between 1588 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 1,121 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
Elektra : a play by Sophocles( Book )

7 editions published between 1989 and 2017 in English and held by 1,056 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dynamic and necessary new translation of Sophocles' chilling tragedy of hatred, revenge, and murder</ Orestes, the son of King Agamemnon, returns to his homeland to take revenge on his mother, Klytemnestra, and her lover, aegisthus, for killing his father in cold blood. Elektra has long awaited her brother's return, bitter and contemptuous of their mother's moral justification for slaughtering Agamemnon, who had sacrificed the life of another daughter, Iphigenia, so the Greek army could sail to Troy. Elektra helps Orestes and his friend Pylades execute an ingenious plan, continuing a bloody cycle that destroys the lives of their enemies and will forever haunt their own. </ Robert Bagg's new translation, modern in idiom while faithful to the original, conveys the complex range of emotion experienced by grieving family members who expect vengeance to set them free. This is Sophocles for a new generation.>
Nine Greek dramas by Aeschylus( Book )

27 editions published between 1909 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 943 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greek tragedies by David Grene( Book )

2 editions published in 1960 in English and held by 942 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains translations of plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides; a selection from The Complete Greek tragedies
Sophoklēs = Sophoclis tragoediae superstites et deperditarum fragmenta by Sophocles( Book )

250 editions published between 1804 and 1988 in 6 languages and held by 770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The three Theban plays by Sophocles( Book )

15 editions published between 1956 and 2009 in English and held by 745 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
The Oedipus cycle : an English version by Sophocles( Book )

20 editions published between 1939 and 2002 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three tragedies recount the downfall of Oedipus, his death in exile, and the actions by his daughter Antigone following his death
The Oedipus plays of Sophocles; Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone by Sophocles( Book )

22 editions published between 1958 and 2004 in English and Spanish and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Oedipus the great Theban king and his noble family's moving toward catastrophe, dragged down from wealth and power by pride, cursed with incest, suicide and murder
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The Oedipus trilogy : Oedipus the king ; Oedipus at Colonus ; Antigone
Oedipus the KingThe cure at Troy : a version of Sophocles' PhiloctetesOedipus at ColonusOedipus RexElectraAias = AjaxSophoclesThe Oedipus trilogy : Oedipus the king ; Oedipus at Colonus ; Antigone
Alternative Names
Pseudo-Sophocles ca. v496/97 - v406/05






Sofocle 0496?-0406 av. J.-C.

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Sofocle ca. v496/97 - v406/05

Sofocle sec. V a.C.

Sofocle tragediografo ateniese


Sòfocles, aproximadament 496-406 aC

Sòfocles, ca. 496-406 aC

Sofocles ca. 496-406 v.Chr

Sófocles ca. v496/97 - v406/05

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

Sofokl ca. 496-406 v.Chr

Sofokl ca. v496/97 - v406/05


Sofokle, aproximadament 496 aC-406 aC

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Sofokleo ca. v496/97 - v406/05


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Sofokles Antik Atina trajik oyun yazarı

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Sofokles ca. v496/97 - v406/05

Sofokles grecki dramaturg

Sofokles grekisk dramatiker och tragediförfattare

Sofokles gresk antikk forfatter


Sofoklī́s 0496?-0406 av. J.-C.

Sofoklis 497-406 f.Kr


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Sôfôqles ca. v496/97 - v406/05




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Sophocle ca. v496/97 - v406/05 de Colone

Sophocle [de Colone]

Sophocle dramaturge de la Grèce antique


Sophocles 0496?-0406 av. J.-C.

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Sophocles [Atheniensis]

Sophocles Atheniensis tragicus

Sophocles C. 496-406 B.C.

Sophocles ca. 496-406 aC

Sophocles ca. v496/97 - v406/05 Atheniensis

Sophocles ca. v496/97 - v406/05 Sophista

Sophocles ca. v496/97 - v406/05 Tragicus

Sophocles poëta tragicus Graecus

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Sophokles ca. v496/97 - v406/05 Tragiker

Sophokles ca. v496/97 - v406/05 von Athen

Sophokles klassischer griechischer Dichter

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Sophokleus ca. v496/97 - v406/05


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Sopokles Griego a trahiko


Sūfūklīs ca. 496-406 v.Chr

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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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