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Complete Plays of Sophocles

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ISBN-10: 0553213547

ISBN-13: 9780553213546

Edition: N/A

Authors: Moses Hadas, Sophocles

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Oedipus the King • Antigone • Electra • Ajax Trachinian Women • Philoctetes • Oedipus at Colonus The greatest of the Greek tragedians, Sophocles wrote over 120 plays, surpassing his older contemporary Aeschylus and the younger Euripides in literary output as well as in the number of prizes awarded his works. Only the seven plays in this volume have survived intact. From the complex drama of Antigone, the heroine willing to sacrifice life and love for a principle, to the mythic doom embodied by Oedipus, the uncommonly good man brought down by the gods, Sophocles possessed a tragic vision that, in Matthew Arnold’s phrase, “saw life steadily and saw it whole.” This one-volume paperback…    
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List price: $6.99
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/1/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 4.25" wide x 7.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

The Greek dramatist Sophocles, born to a wealthy family at Colonus, near Athens, was admired as a boy for his personal beauty and musical skill. He served faithfully as a treasurer and general for Athens when it was expanding its empire and influence. In the dramatic contests, he defeated Aeschylus in 468 b.c. for first prize in tragedy, wrote a poem to Herodotus (see Vol. 3), and led his chorus and actors in mourning for Euripides just a few months before his own death. He wrote approximately 123 plays, of which 7 tragedies are extant, as well as a fragment of his satiric play, Ichneutae (Hunters). His plays were produced in the following order: Ajax (c.450 b.c.), Antigone (441 b.c.),…