Why Should I Buy This Book?
Greek Classics have long been the bedrock of a proper and
thorough education. Reading about the tracks and lives of our ancestors
cannot help but uplift us in our current life's path as it arms us with
lessons of the past. Tomes have been written on the subject, but to put it
in very modern, even economic terms, a recent article in the NY Times put it
into such a perspective with an article on what books one finds on the
shelves of the world’s most successful CEO’s. The article points out that
one doesn’t find “how-to-business books” on their shelves, but rather works
of philosophy, poetry, Greek classics, and other books of general knowledge.
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.
of Oedipus, as told by Sophocles in
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.
This play can be previewed by following the link to the
preview page for this title.