Surprisingly readable. I thought I was going to have to have a Cliffs Notes version or something to help me understand the text (as you would with Shakespeare, Beowulf and the like), but the translation was awesome. Starts out with Oedipus the King addressing some city representatives, and having to solve a murder mystery to appease the gods. Dude....if there was ever a great example of the phrase "Ignorance is bliss", than this is it. Gets you thinking about fate vs. free will, and blindness vs. insight. Crazy ending, too (I literally yelled, "Oh, snap!"). Got through it in 3 days, totally painless reading, glad I read it!