SOPHOCLES THE THREE THEBAN PLAYS ANTIGONE • OEDIPUS THE KING OEDIPUS AT COLONUS TRANSLATED BY ROBERT FAGLES. Plot summaries and analysis of Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex. the translation by Robert Fagles The Three Theban Plays: Antigone; Oedipus the King; Oedipus . Robert Fagles. Introduction and notes by Bernard Knox. New York: Viking Press, PP. $ Oedipus the King. Trans. Stephen Berg and Diskin Clay.

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O the terror — the suffering, for all the world to see, fahles worst terror that ever met my eyes. What outrage — you spurn the city! Your savior too, my son, in your worst hour. Standing by me, still with a care for me, the blind man? Do one thing more, for your sake, not mine.

Which one of them? I say you are the murderer you hunt. What superhuman power drove you oedkpus No wonder you suffer twice over, the pain of your wounds, the lasting grief of pain.

I will speak out now as a stranger to the story, a stranger to the crime. You are the king no doubt, but in one respect, at least, I am your equal: Do I really hear you sobbing? Emerging from the palace. I am going — you know on what condition?


With no help from the birds, the flight of my own intelligence hit the mark.

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Who primed you for this? Shall I say more, so you can really rage? What love, what call of the heart can touch my ears with joy?

What do you mean? Uncover the murderers of Laius, put them to death or drive them into exile. Turning to the guards.

The Three Theban Plays

What will come will come. Where did this thing happen? You think you’ll stand by Creon when he’s king? Grant it, with all your noble heart.

I will say no more. But now, all those prophecies I feared-— Poly bus packs them off to sleep with him in hell! I knew it well, but I put it from my mind, else I never would have come. What did I say?

That was my doom? Listen fagels hintsee for yourself what all those awful prophecies of god have come to. Oh but this I know: Say it again — I’ll understand it better. I thought I heard you say that Laius was cut down at a place where three roads meet.


The king of the land who ruled here long messenger: So miserable — you would consult the god about a man like me? Apollo brought neither thing to pass. Your ankles were pinned ofdipus.

What should a man fear? But my two daughters, my poor helpless girls, clustering at our table, never without me hovering near them. Your own flesh and blood!

Oedipus the King (text) Fagles translation

The fxgles with all its power lives inside me. Well then, free yourself of every charge! Her own child, how could she? No sir, another shepherd passed you on to me. Piety demands no less. What haunts you so? Your words are nothing — futile. Take care of them, I beg you. Now my curse on the murderer. He loved me, deeply.

Dear friend, still here?