Oedipus the King by Sophocles
Translated by Ian
The story of Oedipus, as told by Sophocles in
Oedipus the King, is famous for presenting a grim and compelling
conflict between free will and fate. When Thebes is threatened by a
divinely ordained plague, Oedipus, the king, a great and good man famous
for his intelligence and courage, is determined to save the city. He
launches his own investigation and pursues it relentlessly to its deeply
ironic conclusion, an ending which brings to light the horrific secret
of his own identity.
Oedipus the King has long been regarded, not only as Sophocles'
finest play, but also as the purest and most powerful expression of
Greek tragic drama. In this new verse translation, Ian Johnston captures
the compelling tension of Sophocles' drama, the intense poetic vision
which has made this play justly celebrated as one of the great
masterpieces of Western literature.