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Antigone; Oedipus the King; Electra: WITH Oedipus the King Paperback – 14 November 2008
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- ASIN : 0199537178
- Publisher : Oxford University Press UK; Reissue edition (14 November 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780199537174
- ISBN-13 : 978-0199537174
- Reading age : 13 years and up
- Dimensions : 19.56 x 1.78 x 12.7 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 10,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The three works in this edition have been translated by H D F Kitto, an authority on Greek tragedy, and the introduction and notes by Edith Hall, another noted authority. So the reading of the texts is empathetic yet very accessible to the reader. The story of Oedipus may be broadly known by many prior to reading these plays, that of Antigone perhaps not so well know, and Electra perhaps better known as the sister of Orestes.
These are another great edition of great plays in this Oxford edition, complemented with notes, a bibligoraphy offering further ideas for reading on the plays or aspects of them and their reception, a chronology of Sophocle’s life, and really indepth and comprehensive explanatory notes to go with the texts. Definitely recommended.
The translator has taken a few liberties with the text to make them more `performable' in English, though the amendments are few and are duly highlighted in the notes. Sophocles is one of the founding fathers of theatre and, as such, should be part of every school curriculum.