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Preface

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pp. ix-xiv

This volume was designed to answer a need that I have felt in teaching Greek tragedy in translation. In my experience, available translations fail to convey the essential fact that Greek tragedies as originally performed were—in one word—dynamic. The convention of translating choral odes into free verse with ...

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Introduction

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pp. xv-xxxviii

Greek myths and legends, such as those concerning Oedipus, were passed along orally by imaginative storytellers for hundreds of years before they were written down. Hence they are mostly fictional. They do, however, have an authentic historical setting: the Mycenaean Period, when Greek-speaking people made ...

Oedipus Rex

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pp. 1-89

Appendix 1. The Riddle of the Sphinx

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pp. 91-92

Appendix 2. A Synopsis of Sophocles’ Theban Trilogy

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pp. 93-103

Suggestions for Further Reading

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pp. 105-109