The Three Theban Plays

Antigone; Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus

Sophocles - Author

Robert Fagles - Translator

Bernard Knox - Introduction by

Bernard Knox - Notes by

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ISBN 9780140444254 | 432 pages | 07 Feb 1984 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Antigone defending her integrity and ideals to the death, Oedipus questing for his identity and achieving immortality—these heroic figures have moved playgoers and readers since the fifth century BC.

Towering over the rest of Greek tragedy, these three plays are among the most enduring and timeless dramas ever written. Robert Fagles' translation conveys all of Sophocles' lucidity and power: the cut and thrust of his dialogue, his ironic edge, the surge and majesty of his choruses and, above all, the agonies and triumphs of his characters.

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The Three Theban Plays - Sophocles

Translated by Robert Fagles with Introductions and Notes by Bernard Knox

Translator's Preface
Greece and the Theater


Introduction to Antigone

Introduction to Oedipus the King
Oedipus the King

Introduction to Oedipus at Colonus
Oedipus at Colonus

A Note on the Text of Sophocles
Textual Variants
Notes on the Translation: Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus
Select Bibliography
The Genealogy of Oedipus

'I know of no better modern English version.'
- Hugh Lloyd-Jones, Oxford University

'A marvel of craftsmanship and intelligence'
- Emily Vermeule, Harvard University

'The best modern English translation available'
- Sean French, Sunday Times (London)

'The most impressive verse translations of Sophocles that have been made'
- Stephen Spender