Electra and Other Plays
Electra; Ajax; Women of Trachis; Philoctetes
ISBN 9780140449785 | 256 pages | 24 Jun 2008 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Four seminal tragedies by the master Greek dramatist, in sparkling new translations
Of the more than one hundred plays Sophocles wrote over the course of his long life, only seven survive. This volume collects four of them, all newly translated. Electra portrays the grief of a young woman for her father, Agamemnon, who has been killed by her motherís lover. Ajax depicts the enigma of power and weakness vis-ŗvis the fall of the great hero. Women of Trachis dramatizes the tragic love and error of Heraclesís deserted wife, Deianeira; Philoctetes examines the conflict between physical force and moral strength.