This is a reblog by Aquileana ►History: “The Greek Theatre” / Literature: Aristotle’s “Poetics“: “Theory of Tragedy“⭐️.-
►Greek Literature: “Oedipus Rex” by Sophocles / “An Essay by Erin Sandlin”; Posted 05/16/2016
This is a fascinating, in-depth analysis of the the three plays concerning the fate of the city of Thebes during and after the reign of King Oedipus. No only is there an analysis of these tragedies from a literary standpoint, but also from a psychological and cultural perspectives.
Each of the plays relates to the tale of the mythological Oedipus, who killed his father and married his mother without knowledge that they were his parents. Oedipus´ family is fated to be doomed for three generations.
I hope you enjoy this article.
The Shinx presenting her riddle to Oedipus. Attic Red Figure. 450 – 440 BC.
🔆♣“The Theban Plays”🔆:
In my previous post, I introduced some of the most important characteristics of Tragedy, as highlighted by Aristotle in his book “Poetics”. In brief, I mentioned the main characteristics, aims and structure of tragedy.
Sophocles 497/ 406 BC was the author of “Oedipus Rex”, the tragedy we´ll analyse in this post. He wrote 120 plays during the course of his life, but only seven have survived in a complete form. Among them we should mention the so called Theban plays.
The Theban plays consist of three plays: “Oedipus Rex” (“Oedipus the King”, also called “Oedipus Tyrannus”), “Oedipus at Colonus” and “Antigone”
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