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Translated and edited by Peter D. Arnott, this classic and highly popular edition contains two essential plays in the development of Greek tragedy-Oedipus the King and Antigone-for performance and study. The editor's introduction contains a brief biography of the playwright and a description of Greek theater. Also included are a list of principal dates in the life of Sopho Translated and edited by Peter D. Arnott, this classic and highly popular edition contains two essential plays in the development of Greek tragedy-Oedipus the King and Antigone-for performance and study. The editor's introduction contains a brief biography of the playwright and a description of Greek theater. Also included are a list of principal dates in the life of Sophocles and a bibliography.


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Translated and edited by Peter D. Arnott, this classic and highly popular edition contains two essential plays in the development of Greek tragedy-Oedipus the King and Antigone-for performance and study. The editor's introduction contains a brief biography of the playwright and a description of Greek theater. Also included are a list of principal dates in the life of Sopho Translated and edited by Peter D. Arnott, this classic and highly popular edition contains two essential plays in the development of Greek tragedy-Oedipus the King and Antigone-for performance and study. The editor's introduction contains a brief biography of the playwright and a description of Greek theater. Also included are a list of principal dates in the life of Sophocles and a bibliography.

30 review for Oedipus the King and Antigone (Crofts Classics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Bohon

    Profound picture of the human condition. Frances Store translation is great. Lots of quotable musable lines.

  2. 5 out of 5

    S.E. Anderson

    Ah Oedipus... your deeds are so profound that you have a complex named after you. The Greeks did it best. Like MacBeth centuries after, Oedipus was a victim of a prophecy of his future. He was removed from his home in order to spare him from that fate and because of that removal he ended up doing what they said he would. They don't call them tragedies for nothing. Ah Oedipus... your deeds are so profound that you have a complex named after you. The Greeks did it best. Like MacBeth centuries after, Oedipus was a victim of a prophecy of his future. He was removed from his home in order to spare him from that fate and because of that removal he ended up doing what they said he would. They don't call them tragedies for nothing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chase

    Two wonderful plays that teach many lessons we need in the times we face today. I went into these not knowing much on Greek History or mythology in general but it was quite easy to understand and this edition had great notes telling the history of names throughout and their stories that aren’t elaborated on in the plays. I preferred Oedipus the King play more so but both were fascinating and interesting.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    I remember liking this play a lot. ! Still... over forty years ago at this point... don't think I'd put myself through High School English again. Too many titles pile up in my head for those long years! I remember liking this play a lot. ! Still... over forty years ago at this point... don't think I'd put myself through High School English again. Too many titles pile up in my head for those long years!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Caleb Sanchez

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Linus Lythell

    A good play that i enjoyed, but I have some problem with the old language.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Charlotta

    I was a bit confused at times, but then again, I did take a one month break in the middle of the story...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tyrus

    I liked both, but I liked Antigone more than Oedipus

  9. 4 out of 5

    Natália Winck

    Pretty good

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I promise to be brutally honest with my opinion, but it should not be taken as fact. Any reader should read it for themselves, before they decide if this book has any merit or not. Do not judge this book baised solely on my opinion. If you do, you might miss out on a great read. You never know. It could happen. 1. Strong Main Character/ Female Heroine: Antigone is a very strong heroine, who believes strongly in her rights, but also about the laws of the Gods. She wantst follow God's law, instea I promise to be brutally honest with my opinion, but it should not be taken as fact. Any reader should read it for themselves, before they decide if this book has any merit or not. Do not judge this book baised solely on my opinion. If you do, you might miss out on a great read. You never know. It could happen. 1. Strong Main Character/ Female Heroine: Antigone is a very strong heroine, who believes strongly in her rights, but also about the laws of the Gods. She wantst follow God's law, instead of the king's or man's. She is unlike the women of her time. She does not stick to convention. She does not play the weak damsel in distress card. She does what she believes is right. Forget about the consequences. 5 out of 5 stars 2. Strong Minor Characters: The minor characters are very well written and described. They have various motives that change over the course of the play. They are very believable and three deminsional. This play is probably so good, because it is a classic and standards back in Sophocles' time were very high. Higher than today's standards by a long shot. 5 out of 5 stars 3. The Settling: The story takes place in Thebes and the setting is all over the city. In the palace and outside of it. The play is short, though. So, there is not a lot of setting descriptions and details, again it is a pla, so I cannot fault it for not having much substance. 5 out of 5 stars 4. The Plot: Everyone into classical literature knows the vastly different stories of Atigone done in different ways. This version is the best, though, because it stays very true to the language and culture of the time. It is by no means hard to understand, like Shakespeare. 5 out of 5 stars I absolutly love this version of the Antigone story. I cannot believe I have read something so good in my literature course.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    Imagine being cursed and no matter what you do to avoid it, the curse comes back and ruins your life. Well this happened to Oedipus in Oedipus the King translated by Peter D. Arnott, Oedipus gets cursed that he will kill his father. Oedipus ran away to prevent any harm to his father because of the curse. Oedipus wants to live without the curse but since it’s a curse it’s bound to happen so he runs away from his family and then he gets another curse that he will kill his father and marry his moth Imagine being cursed and no matter what you do to avoid it, the curse comes back and ruins your life. Well this happened to Oedipus in Oedipus the King translated by Peter D. Arnott, Oedipus gets cursed that he will kill his father. Oedipus ran away to prevent any harm to his father because of the curse. Oedipus wants to live without the curse but since it’s a curse it’s bound to happen so he runs away from his family and then he gets another curse that he will kill his father and marry his mother. He thinks he safe from the curse since he is so far away from his mom and dad but you’ll have to read it for yourself to see what happens. The play Oedipus the king is a tragedy. I recommend Oedipus the King to readers that like greek mythology. Also the readers have to like tragedy stories because there is no other genre aspects in this except for tragedy. Me personally I didn’t really like the read that much because I felt when characters had too long of conversations and it dragged making parts boreing. But for the parts that didn’t drag on I enjoyed because you could see the setting in your head and it was easy to understand even with the old dialect. I’d give it 3/5 stars because even though some parts dragged on it still kept me involved for most of the book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Bryant

    Oedipus by Sophocles was a relatively short play written in about 400 B.C. and it's a pretty quick read, and for it being so short I'm surprised to say that I actually enjoyed it. Though I'm not sure I'd recommend it to everyone. It's not that story is complicated, it that the way it's written and language might be hard to understand, as well as the references to Greek Gods and Goddesses. The play is basically about a king, named Oedipus, is proposed a life altering question; is his with his mot Oedipus by Sophocles was a relatively short play written in about 400 B.C. and it's a pretty quick read, and for it being so short I'm surprised to say that I actually enjoyed it. Though I'm not sure I'd recommend it to everyone. It's not that story is complicated, it that the way it's written and language might be hard to understand, as well as the references to Greek Gods and Goddesses. The play is basically about a king, named Oedipus, is proposed a life altering question; is his with his mother, and did he kill his father Prior to reading this play, I read Shakespeare's Hamlet, and in this play Claudius kills Hamlets father in order to become king. The way that Oedipus says, "...Now since I/ have fallen heir to the power which once was his/ Sleep in his bed, and take his bride to wife..." reminded of the situation from Hamlet. Overall I'd say it was a decent book, especially for it being written such a long time ago, and people should at least give it a chance and not be too intimidated by it being written around 400 B.C.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maya

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I never thought that I would like this story so much. Oedipus has a tragic story. I don’t know how I would react if I found everything I my life was a whole lie. I also don’t know how I would react if I found out that I’m the cause of a lot of pain. Oedipus did the noblest thing by leaving the land of Thebes. He left his own life of luxury to save the people living in his land. Jocasta should have told Oedipus about all of this when he was younger. If she told him what he had done and who she r I never thought that I would like this story so much. Oedipus has a tragic story. I don’t know how I would react if I found everything I my life was a whole lie. I also don’t know how I would react if I found out that I’m the cause of a lot of pain. Oedipus did the noblest thing by leaving the land of Thebes. He left his own life of luxury to save the people living in his land. Jocasta should have told Oedipus about all of this when he was younger. If she told him what he had done and who she really was to him the land of Thebes wouldn’t have had to suffer as much as it did. I would recommend this to all high school students because I know that they would get really interested in this story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vivi

    First of all, I've only read Antigone, because it was a must-read for school. At first I thought I liked it, there were a lot of well said thought and it was beautifully written, but the ending was so ridiculous. I wonder if my literature teacher wants everyone in the class to commit suicide as problem solving. Because teachers usually also want students to learn things about life from must-reads, and this book just didn't teach the good way to solve your problems. Not at all. It did teach some First of all, I've only read Antigone, because it was a must-read for school. At first I thought I liked it, there were a lot of well said thought and it was beautifully written, but the ending was so ridiculous. I wonder if my literature teacher wants everyone in the class to commit suicide as problem solving. Because teachers usually also want students to learn things about life from must-reads, and this book just didn't teach the good way to solve your problems. Not at all. It did teach some other good things, which really are wise, but this kind of ending wasn't really needed. Although I know that suicide was the most needed topic in a drama or a book back then.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gabriella

    My English class in tenth grade had a Greek unit for a while, so we read Oedipus, amongst other books. While the old language is hard to wrap your mind around, if you break it up into sections and analyze the paragraph, it should be easier to interpret. It was an interesting read, but didn't leave too much of an impression on me. The best part of this unit, however, was when we split up into groups and did a reenactment of a scene in Oedipus. In honor of the then-upcoming Catching Fire movie, we My English class in tenth grade had a Greek unit for a while, so we read Oedipus, amongst other books. While the old language is hard to wrap your mind around, if you break it up into sections and analyze the paragraph, it should be easier to interpret. It was an interesting read, but didn't leave too much of an impression on me. The best part of this unit, however, was when we split up into groups and did a reenactment of a scene in Oedipus. In honor of the then-upcoming Catching Fire movie, we did a Hunger Games-like performance, which was very enjoyable.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Antigone and Oidipous remain two of of the greatest Greek plays (among the many obviously). They involve everything you want from a Grecian play: good versus evil, power struggles, doubting, love ... and above all: the tragic end wherein everyone dies. Even though they may be almost 2500 years old (can you imagine?) they still remain very readable (much more than much younger books) (of course they're translations, I know that ^^) and interesting up until this day (and probably for years to come Antigone and Oidipous remain two of of the greatest Greek plays (among the many obviously). They involve everything you want from a Grecian play: good versus evil, power struggles, doubting, love ... and above all: the tragic end wherein everyone dies. Even though they may be almost 2500 years old (can you imagine?) they still remain very readable (much more than much younger books) (of course they're translations, I know that ^^) and interesting up until this day (and probably for years to come).

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ayesha Begum

    Oedipus rex is a awesome play. i really like this writing piece of Sophocles because i actually understood what happened in the book. Oedipus was teh killer of the king of Thebes but that was mysterious to him. when he was the murderer of the king. the nasty part was when it says he married his mother and the king that he killed is his father. but the end wasnt all that good because he died even his wife/mother killed herself.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I've read the Lattimore and Fagels translations of Sophocles, but it was Holderlin (by way of Constantine) that really pulled me into the story. Although at times it can be nearly impossible to follow the action, the emotion of the plays comes across so strongly there, and this is a real art piece, imaginative and beautiful. I can't imagine seeing it performed, or reading this as the only translation, but I'm so glad I have it to supplement the more traditional translations. I've read the Lattimore and Fagels translations of Sophocles, but it was Holderlin (by way of Constantine) that really pulled me into the story. Although at times it can be nearly impossible to follow the action, the emotion of the plays comes across so strongly there, and this is a real art piece, imaginative and beautiful. I can't imagine seeing it performed, or reading this as the only translation, but I'm so glad I have it to supplement the more traditional translations.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Booklovinglady

    Although I knew the story of Oedipus, of course, Antigone was new to me. The classic Greek tragedies are marvellous, not just to see them well performed but they also make a great read. Chapeau to Gerard Koolschijn, who created a perfect and very readable translation in Dutch of these two plays. Although I knew the story of Oedipus, of course, Antigone was new to me. The classic Greek tragedies are marvellous, not just to see them well performed but they also make a great read. Chapeau to Gerard Koolschijn, who created a perfect and very readable translation in Dutch of these two plays.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paola Garcia

    Oedipus Rex was so tragic,I felt so bad for Oedipus. But yet he learn a powerful message.I felt that Oedipus dissevers the punishment he got. The theme of fate and try to go against in particularly nature. Nature always clearly wins no matter how hard you try, Oedipus learn that the hard way but it overall story is crazy!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    I haven't read these plays in eons, way too many eons. I enjoyed them thoroughly, and would have enjoyed discussing their psychological angles. Alas, the instructor wasn't there. Anyway, the characters are so very compelling and their situations so gut-wrenching that I think I'll revisit more ancient Greeks. That Sophocles sure knew his stuff. I haven't read these plays in eons, way too many eons. I enjoyed them thoroughly, and would have enjoyed discussing their psychological angles. Alas, the instructor wasn't there. Anyway, the characters are so very compelling and their situations so gut-wrenching that I think I'll revisit more ancient Greeks. That Sophocles sure knew his stuff.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Merilyn Ohtla

    This book did not appeal to me at first. A man kills his father in order to marry his mother and have kids with her, so instead of having daughters or sons, they are like his sister daughters and sons. It was so weird that it made me sick, but then again it shows us that there is no escape from fate. You may try but you will not succeed.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine Lake

    I read both of these plays for school (10th grade Literature Class). I enjoyed Oedipus Rex, however I liked Antigone better. I also did a video project on Antigone and it was a lot of fun. I can how Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare may have been influenced by it, but I enjoyed Antigone much more!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gayle

    loved them both butthen I love this kind of writing with the gods and goddesses of ancient greece and the use of hubris and imagery. Totally transports me. ineedto get a copy again an d read them once more

  25. 4 out of 5

    Justine

    I had read these both in high school and didn't get much from them. When I read them in my third year of college, I had a great professor who really had us deeply analyze the texts. I enjoyed Antigone especially after this class. I had read these both in high school and didn't get much from them. When I read them in my third year of college, I had a great professor who really had us deeply analyze the texts. I enjoyed Antigone especially after this class.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I learned that you cannot escape your fate, and that the Greek soap opera writers had very cruel senses of humor.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Collette

    This Book wasn't that bad, just takes awhile to get through!! This Book wasn't that bad, just takes awhile to get through!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I love the Ancient Greek morality plays. It's a classic, go read it kids. Sex, murder, secrets, incest. Interested? I love the Ancient Greek morality plays. It's a classic, go read it kids. Sex, murder, secrets, incest. Interested?

  29. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    I should probably re-read this. I keep getting these questions wrong on the never-ending quiz.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Channing

    Oedipus was a great little story. The subject matter was a little questionable - do we just excuse unsavory subject matter because it is written in iambic pentameter?

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