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Works: 9,295 works in 29,567 publications in 33 languages and 237,052 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Textbooks  Portraits 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Other, Originator, Librettist, Creator, Composer, Lyricist, Editor, Adapter, Dedicatee, Translator, Contributor, Honoree
Classifications: PA4414.A2, 882.01
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Most widely held works about Sophocles
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Most widely held works by Sophocles
Antigone by Sophocles( Book )
1,496 editions published between 1540 and 2015 in 28 languages and held by 12,601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Publisher's description: Echoing through western culture for more than two millennia, Sophocles' play has been a touchstone of thinking about human conflict and human tragedy, the role of the divine in human life, and the degree to which men and women are the creators of their own destiny. This exciting new translation of the Antigone is both extremely faithful to the Greek and poetically striking and convincing
Oedipus the King by Sophocles( Book )
117 editions published between 1885 and 2014 in English and held by 6,614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dramatizes the story of Oedipus, who killed his father and married his mother
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles( )
134 editions published between 1787 and 2012 in 9 languages and held by 4,699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Contains the unabridged text of the classic Greek tragedy about Oedipus, a king who inadvertantly kills his father and marries his mother."
Electra by Sophocles( Book )
303 editions published between 1714 and 2014 in 16 languages and held by 4,600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Electra recounts the murders of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus by Clytemnestra's son Orestes, to avenge their murder of his father Agamemnon, commander of the Greeks at Troy, upon his return home. Sophocles' version is presented from the viewpoint of Electra, Orestes' sister, who laments her father, bears witness to her mother's crime, and for years endures her mother's scorn. When Orestes arrives at last, her mood shifts from grief to joy as Orestes carries out the bloody vengeance. Despite her overwhelming passion for just revenge, Electra admits that her own actions are shameful." "Sophocles presents this story as a savage though necessary act of vengeance, vividly depicting Electra's grief, anger, and exultation. This translation equals the original in ferocity of expression and leaves intact the inarticulate cries of suffering and joy that fill the play"--Jacket
Philoctetes by Sophocles( )
187 editions published between 1553 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 4,221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek inorder to evoke the poetry of the originals. Under the general editorship of Peter Burian and Alan Shapiro, each volume includes a critical introduction, commentary on the text, full stage directions, and a glossary of the mythical and geographical references in the play. En route to fight the Trojan War, the Greek army has abandoned Philoctetes, after the smell of his festering wound, mysteriously received from a snakebite at a shrine on a small island off Lemnos, makes it unbearable to keep him on ship. Ten years later, an oracle makes it clear that the war cannotbe won without the assistance of Philoctetes and his famous bow, inherited from Hercules himself. Philoctetes focuses on the attempt of Neoptolemus and the hero Odysseus to persuade the bowman to sail with them to Troy. First, though, they must assuage his bitterness over having been abandoned, andthen win his trust. But how should they do this--through trickery, or with the truth? To what extent do the ends justify the means? To what degree should personal integrity be compromised for the sake of public duty? These are among the questions that Sophocles puts forward in this, one of his mostmorally complex and penetrating plays
Oedipus At Colonus by Sophocles( )
78 editions published between 1823 and 2014 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 3,534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus tells the story of the last day in the life of Oedipus. It was written at the end of the fifth century BCE in Athens, in the final years of the "Golden Age" of Athenian culture, and in the last year of Sophocles' own life. At the center of the play is the mysterious transformation of Oedipus from an old and blind beggar, totally dependent on his daughters, to the man who rises from his seat and, without help, leads everyone to the place where he is destined to die. In the background of this transformation stands the grove of the Furies, the sacred place of the implacable goddesses who pursue the violators of blood relationships. Although Oedipus, who killed his father and married his mother, is an obvious target of the Furies' vengeance, he enters their grove at the beginning of the play, sure that it is the resting place Apollo has predicted for him. The reversals and paradoxes in the play speak to the struggle that Oedipus' life and the action of the play bring vividly before us: how do we as humans, subject to constant change, find stable ground on which to stand and define our moral lives? Sophocles offers his play as a witness to the remarkable human capacity to persevere in this struggle."--BOOK JACKET
Sophoclis tragoediae by Sophocles( Book )
802 editions published between 1522 and 2011 in 10 languages and held by 2,600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The complete Greek drama; all the extant tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, and the comedies of Aristophanes and Menander, in a variety of translations by Whitney J Oates( Book )
9 editions published between 1938 and 1991 in English and held by 2,280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ajax by Sophocles( Book )
205 editions published between 1714 and 2012 in 10 languages and held by 1,804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ajax, perhaps the earliest surviving tragedy of Sophocles, presents the downfall and disgrace of a great hero whose suicide leads to his rehabilitation through the enlightened magnanimity of one of his enemies
Sophocles by Sophocles( Book )
252 editions published between 1800 and 2011 in 8 languages and held by 1,691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
V.1. Oedipus the King. Oedipus at Colonus. Antigone.-v.2. Ajax. The women of Trachis. Electra. Philoctetes
Women of Trachis by Sophocles( Book )
34 editions published between 1954 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Clean typescript
The Antigone of Sophocles by Sophocles( Book )
136 editions published between 1824 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Elektra : a play by Sophocles( Book )
226 editions published between 1639 and 2014 in 11 languages and held by 1,403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A dynamic and necessary new translation of Sophocles' chilling tragedy of hatred, revenge, and murder</ Orestes, the son of King Agamemnon, returns to his homeland to take revenge on his mother, Klytemnestra, and her lover, aegisthus, for killing his father in cold blood. Elektra has long awaited her brother's return, bitter and contemptuous of their mother's moral justification for slaughtering Agamemnon, who had sacrificed the life of another daughter, Iphigenia, so the Greek army could sail to Troy. Elektra helps Orestes and his friend Pylades execute an ingenious plan, continuing a bloody cycle that destroys the lives of their enemies and will forever haunt their own. </ Robert Bagg's new translation, modern in idiom while faithful to the original, conveys the complex range of emotion experienced by grieving family members who expect vengeance to set them free. This is Sophocles for a new generation. </
Oedipus trilogy Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus & Antigone by Sophocles( )
4 editions published between 1912 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Oedipus the King is Sophocles' legendary rendition of the myth of the great king Oedipus, perhaps the best known of all of the Greek Tragedies. When an oracle foretells that the young prince Oedipus will grow up to murder his father he is cast out of the kingdom by the king who hopes by doing so that he will avoid his fate. Oedipus grows up and many years later, not knowing his own identity, or the identity of his father, meets him at a crossroad where they argue and the king is killed. The rest of the tale pivots around the unraveling of this tangled family history and the appalling discovery of, not only patricide, but Oedipus' subsequent incest in unwittingly marrying his own mother
Oedipus, king of Thebes by Sophocles( Book )
95 editions published between 1715 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fifteen Greek plays by Lane Cooper( Book )
7 editions published between 1943 and 1958 in English and held by 1,156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Oedipus tyrannus; a new translation. Passages from ancient authors. Religion and psychology: some studies. Criticism by Sophocles( Book )
8 editions published between 1970 and 1996 in English and held by 1,120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The text is accompanied by a wealth of carefully chosen background materials and essays. Among the background materials are selections from Homer's Odyssey, Thucydides' account of the plague, and Euripides' Phoenissae. The best of ancient and modern criticism is represented, permitting discussion from many points of view: psychological, religious, anthropological, dramatic, and literary
Greek tragedies by David Grene( Book )
14 editions published between 1942 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,096 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contains translations of plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides; a selection from The Complete Greek tragedies
The Theban plays by Sophocles( Book )
70 editions published between 1947 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,095 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A translation of the three plays dealing with events in the Oedipodean family history
The Oedipus Tyrannus of Sophocles by Sophocles( Book )
123 editions published between 1840 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,059 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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