Sophocles' Theban performs -- Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone -- lie on the middle of the Western literary canon. they're broadly translated, universally taught, and often played. Chronicling the downfall of Oedipus, the mythical king of Thebes, and his descendants, the Theban performs are as proper to present-day thought of love, accountability, patriotism, kin, and warfare as after they have been written 2,500 years ago.Recent translations of the performs, whereas linguistically right, frequently fail to catch the wonderful thing about Sophocles' unique phrases. In combining the talents of a individual poet, Ruth Fainlight, and an eminent classical pupil, Robert J. Littman, this re-creation of the Theban performs is either an important paintings of poetry and a devoted translation of the unique works. considerate introductions, wide notes, and glossaries body all the performs inside their old contexts and light up vital subject matters, mythological roots, and former interpretations.This based and uncommonly readable translation will make those seminal Greek tragedies obtainable to a brand new iteration of readers.