Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Rex - Wisconsin Studies in Classics

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Synopsis

Oedipus Rex is the greatest of the Greek tragedies, a profound meditation on the human condition. The story of the mythological king, who is doomed to kill his father and marry his mother, has resonated in world culture for almost 2,500 years. But Sophocles' drama as originally performed was much more than a great story-it was a superb poetic script and exciting theatrical experience. The actors spoke in pulsing rhythms with hypnotic forward momentum, making it hard for audiences to look away. Interspersed among the verbal rants and duels were energetic songs performed by the chorus.

David Mulroy's brilliant verse translation of Oedipus Rex recaptures the aesthetic power of Sophocles' masterpiece while also achieving a highly accurate translation in clear, contemporary English. Speeches are rendered with the same kind of regular iambic rhythm that gave the Sophoclean originals their drive. The choral parts are translated as fluid rhymed songs. Mulroy also supplies an introduction, notes, and appendixes to provide helpful context for general readers and students.

Book information

ISBN: 9780299282547
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Imprint: The University of Wisconsin Press
Pub date:
Edition: 1
DEWEY: 882.01
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 109
Weight: 182g
Height: 202mm
Width: 120mm
Spine width: 24mm