The Theban Plays

The Theban Plays - Penguin Classics

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Synopsis

King Oedipus/Oedipus at Colonus/Antigone

Three towering works of Greek tragedy depicting the inexorable downfall of a doomed royal dynasty


The legends surrounding the house of Thebes inspired Sophocles to create this powerful trilogy about humanity's struggle against fate. King Oedipus is the devastating portrayal of a ruler who brings pestilence to Thebes for crimes he does not realize he has committed and then inflicts a brutal punishment upon himself. Oedipus at Colonus provides a fitting conclusion to the life of the aged and blinded king, while Antigone depicts the fall of the next generation, through the conflict between a young woman ruled by her conscience and a king too confident of his own authority.

Translated with an Introduction by E. F. WATLING

Book information

ISBN: 9780140440034
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 882.01
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 136g
Height: 196mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 11mm