Most widely held works about Sophocles
Most widely held works by Sophocles
Antigone by Sophocles ( Book )
1,010 editions published between 1540 and 2014 in 19 languages and held by 4,991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Oedipus, the former ruler of Thebes, has died. Now, when his young daughter Antigone defies her uncle, Kreon, the new ruler, because he has prohibited the burial of her dead brother, she and he enact a primal conflict between young and old, woman and man, individual and ruler, family and state, courageous and self-sacrificing reverence for the gods of the earth and perhaps self-serving allegiance to the gods of the sky." "Echoing through Western culture for more than two millennia, Sophocles' Antigone 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 destinies. This exciting new translation of the play is extremely faithful to the Greek, eminently playable, and poetically powerful." "For readers, actors, students, teachers, and theatrical directors, this new translation of one of the greatest plays in the history of the Western world provides the best combination of contemporary, powerful language, along with superb background and notes on meaning, interpretation, and ancient beliefs, attitudes, and contexts."--BOOK JACKET
Antigone by Sophocles ( Book )
42 editions published between 1973 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,583 WorldCat member 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
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 by Whitney J Oates ( Book )
7 editions published between 1938 and 1963 in English and held by 2,291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Philoctetes by Sophocles ( )
111 editions published between 1553 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 2,073 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek inorder to evoke the poetry of the originals. Under the general editorship of Peter Burian and Alan Shapiro, each volume includes a critical introduction, commentary on the text, full stage directions, and a glossary of the mythical and geographical references in the play. En route to fight the Trojan War, the Greek army has abandoned 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 cannotbe 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, andthen 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 mostmorally complex and penetrating plays
Electra by Sophocles ( Book )
83 editions published between 1819 and 2011 in 9 languages and held by 1,842 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."
Oedipus the King by Sophocles ( Book )
14 editions published between 1949 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dramatizes the story of Oedipus, who killed his father and married his mother
Ajax by Sophocles ( Book )
160 editions published between 1714 and 2012 in 9 languages and held by 1,513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ajax, perhaps the earliest surviving tragedy of Sophocles, presents the downfall and disgrace of a great hero whose suicide leads to his rehabilitation through the enlightened magnanimity of one of his enemies
Oedipus the King by Sophocles ( )
7 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and held by 1,491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Since it was first performed in Athens in the 420s BC, Oedipus the King has been widely regarded as Sophocles' greatest tragedy and one of the foundation stones of Western drama. Don Taylor's translation, accurate yet poetic, was made for a BBC TV production of the Theban plays in 1986, which he also directed
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles ( Book )
43 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,427 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."
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles ( )
15 editions published between 1949 and 2011 in English and held by 1,418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One of the great Greek tragedies, it is a profound meditation on the human condition. It tells the story of the mythological King Oedipus, who is doomed to kill his father and marry his mother
Oedipus At Colonus by Sophocles ( )
5 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 1,248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Philoctetes by Sophocles ( )
5 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 1,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles ( )
22 editions published between 1946 and 2005 in English and held by 1,173 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."--BOOK JACKET
Oedipus, king of Thebes by Sophocles ( Book )
89 editions published between 1715 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles ( )
in English and held by 1,166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fifteen Greek plays by Lane Cooper ( Book )
7 editions published between 1943 and 1958 in English and held by 1,164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Antigone by Sophocles ( )
in English and held by 1,164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The complete Greek tragedies by David Grene ( Book )
12 editions published between 1953 and 1974 in English and held by 1,131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Oedipus tyrannus; a new translation. Passages from ancient authors. Religion and psychology: some studies. Criticism by Sophocles ( Book )
4 editions published between 1970 and 1996 in English and held by 1,115 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
Greek tragedies by David Grene ( Book )
13 editions published between 1942 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contains translations of plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides; a selection from The Complete Greek tragedies
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