The Three Theban Plays - Sophocles, Robert Fagles & Bernard Knox

The Three Theban Plays

By Sophocles, Robert Fagles & Bernard Knox

  • Release Date: 1984-02-07
  • Genre: Theater
Score: 3
From 48 Ratings


The heroic Greek dramas that have moved theatergoers and readers since the fifth century B.C.

Towering over the rest of Greek tragedy, the three plays that tell the story of the fated Theban royal family—Antigone, Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus—are among the most enduring and timeless dramas ever written. Robert Fagles's authoritative and acclaimed translation conveys all of Sophocles's lucidity and power: the cut and thrust of his dialogue, his ironic edge, the surge and majesty of his choruses and, above all, the agonies and triumphs of his characters. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by the renowned classicist Bernard Knox.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


  • Typos and No Line Numbers

    By hootlaw
    Needs to be edited, whoever typed this out made errors, I doubt they are in the print version.
  • Fair Edition

    By Silent Scribe
    Pretty great introductions, fair formatting, great footnotes but no links to them - that makes them just about worthless.
  • No stable location number...

    By The Hired Man
    Not only are the line numbers missing, but since iBooks doesn't allow you to view location numbers, there is no way to point to or cite a particular line of the play. Page numbers change depending on font choice and type size, and even if you specify these, the page numbers still shift with each update of the app or the operating system. This lack of a stable location number is a problem with ALL iBooks (in contrast to Kindle Books, which allow you to view the stable location numbers), but it’s a particular problem with texts like this one, where there are no chapters or division into acts and scenes. I teach at a school where we are trying to have our ninth graders read Oedipus the King on the iPad using this text, and it is a disaster. Even giving them a reading assignment is a nightmare. Showing the stable location numbers would be a simple function to add to iBooks, and until they do that, Kindle is a much better way to go, for all texts!
  • Line Numbers

    By ryost
    Line numbers are missing in this edition and that's a pretty critical aspect to leave out. If there were line numbers my rating would be much higher.