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Oedipus King of Thebes
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Createspace Independent Pub
Publication date April 15, 2014
Pages 30
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781499150940
ISBN-10 1499150946
Dimensions 0.07 by 6 by 9 in.
Original list price $6.99
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: If I have turned aside from Euripides for a moment and attempted a translation of the great stage masterpiece of Sophocles, my excuse must be the fascination of this play, which has thrown its spell on me as on many other translators. Yet I may plead also that as a rule every diligent student of these great works can add something to the discoveries of his predecessors, and I think I have been able to bring out a few new points in the old and much-studied Oedipus, chiefly points connected with the dramatic technique and the religious atmosphere. Mythologists tell us that Oedipus was originally a daemon haunting Mount Kithairon, and Jocasta a form of that Earth-Mother who, as Aeschylus puts it, "bringeth all things to being, and when she hath reared them receiveth again their seed into her body" (Choephori, 127: cf. Crusius, Beiträge z. Gr. Myth, 21). That stage of the story lies very far behind the consciousness of Sophocles. But there does cling about both his hero and his heroine a great deal of very primitive atmosphere. There are traces in Oedipus of the pre-hellenic Medicine King, the Basileus who is also a Theos, and can make rain or blue sky, pestilence or fertility. This explains many things in the Priest's first speech, in the attitude of the Chorus, and in Oedipus' own language after the discovery. It partly explains the hostility of Apollo, who is not a mere motiveless Destroyer but a true Olympian crushing his Earth-born rival.

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from Createspace Independent Pub (October 29, 2015); titled "Oedipus King of Thebes"
9781518844218 | details & prices | 42 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.11 in. | List price $6.54
About: Oedipus steps out of the royal palace of Thebes and is greeted by a procession of priests, who are in turn surrounded by the impoverished and sorrowful citizens of Thebes.
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from Createspace Independent Pub (April 15, 2014); titled "Oedipus King of Thebes"
9781499150940 | details & prices | 30 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.07 in. | List price $6.99
About: If I have turned aside from Euripides for a moment and attempted a translation of the great stage masterpiece of Sophocles, my excuse must be the fascination of this play, which has thrown its spell on me as on many other translators.
With Gilbert Murray (other contributor) | from Bibliolife (June 30, 2009); titled "Oedipus King of Thebes"
9781110699865 | details & prices | 91 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.25 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $18.75
About: This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality.
from Bibliobazaar (October 30, 2008); titled "Oedipus, King of Thebes"
9780559257766 | details & prices | 105 pages | List price $19.75
About: This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality.
from Jesson Pr (March 30, 2007); titled "Oedipus, King of Thebes"
9781406741544 | details & prices | 108 pages | List price $26.99
About: Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive.
from Hesperides Pr (May 31, 2006)
9781406713756 | details & prices | 108 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 0.25 in. | 0.34 lbs | List price $24.95
About: Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive.

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