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Oedipus Rex
Contributor(s): Sophocles (Author)

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ISBN: 0486268772     ISBN-13: 9780486268774
Publisher: Dover Publications
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: June 1991

Annotation: One of the greatest of the classic Greek tragedies and a masterpiece of dramatic construction. Catastrophe ensues when King Oedipus discovers he has inadvertently killed his father and married his mother. Masterly use of dramatic irony greatly intensifies impact of agonizing events. Sophocles' finest play, "Oedipus Rex" ranks as a towering landmark of Western drama. Explanatory footnotes.

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BISAC Categories:
- Drama | Ancient & Classical
Dewey: 882.01
LCCN: 91009464
Age Level: 14-UP
Grade Level: 9-UP
Lexile Measure: 1010
Series: Dover Thrift Editions
Physical Information: 0.2" H x 4.9" W x 7.8" (0.10 lbs) 64 pages
- Chronological Period - Ancient (To 499 A.D.)
- Cultural Region - Greece
- Catalog Heading - Language Arts
- Curriculum Strand - Language Arts
Features: Abridged, Ikids
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Publisher Description:

Considered by many the greatest of the classic Greek tragedies, Oedipus Rex is Sophocles' finest play and a work of extraordinary power and resonance. Aristotle considered it a masterpiece of dramatic construction and refers to it frequently in the Poetics.
In presenting the story of King Oedipus and the tragedy that ensues when he discovers he has inadvertently killed his father and married his mother, the play exhibits near-perfect harmony of character and action. Moreover, the masterly use of dramatic irony greatly intensifies the impact of the agonizing events and emotions experienced by Oedipus and the other characters in the play. Now these and many other facets of this towering tragedy may be studied and appreciated in Dover's attractive inexpensive edition of one of the great landmarks of Western drama.

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