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Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus

Jennifer R. March

Abstract

Oedipus Tyrannus by the great tragedian Sophocles is one of the most famous works of ancient Greek literature. The play has always been admired for the unity of its plot; every bit of every scene counts towards the dramatic effect. The action is concentrated into a single day in Oedipus’ life; his heinous crimes of unwittingly committing patricide and incest by marrying his mother all lie long ago in the past, and now, in the action of this one day, there awaits for him only the discovery of the truth. Oedipus is portrayed as a noble king, deeply devoted to his people and they to him. Proud o ... More

Keywords: Sophocles, tragedy, fate, patricide, Greek, Incest, Oedipus

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781789622546
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789622546.001.0001

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Jennifer R. March, author

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