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Oedipus Rex
Oedipus Rex
Author: Sophocles, Sir George Young (Translator)
One of the greatest of the classic Greek tragedies and a masterpiece of dramatic construction. Catastrophe ensues when King Oedipus discovers he has inadvertently killed his father and married his mother. Masterly use of dramatic irony greatly intensifies impact of agonizing events. Sophocles’ finest play, Oedipus Rex ranks as a towering l...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780486268774
ISBN-10: 0486268772
Publication Date: 6/1/1991
Pages: 64
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Publisher: Dover Publications
Book Type: Paperback
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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!
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