Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can best 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 in order to evoke the poetry of the originals. The tragedies collected here were originally available as single volumes. This new collection retains the informative introductions and explanatory notes of the original editions, with Greek line numbers and a single combined glossary added for easy reference.
This volume collects for the first time three of Sophocles most moving tragedies, all set in mythical Thebes: Oedipus the King
, perhaps the most powerful of all Greek tragedies; Oedipus at Colonus
, a story that reveals the reversals and paradoxes that define moral life; and Antigone
, 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.