Written by Sophocles

Publisher: None
Pages: 114
Genre: Plays, Classics
Published: 1955-01-01
Original Language: Classical Greek

Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly recreate the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the sense of poetry evident in the originals. Under the editorship of Peter Burian and Alan Shaprio, each volume includes a critical introduction, commentary on difficult passages, ample stage directions, and a glossary of the mythical names and geographical references encountered in the dialogue. Sophocles' Oedipus the King paves the way as the first in the series to appear in paperback. In this highly-acclaimed translation of the greatest of all Greek tragedies, Stephen Berg--the well-known poet--and Diskin Clay--the distinguished classicist--combine their talents to offer the contemporary reader a dazzling version of Sophocles' timeless work. Emphasizing the intensity of the spoken language, they capture the unrelenting power of Sophoclean drama. No other English translation conveys the same terrifying emotional level, especially in the choral odes, the forceful descriptions of Jokasta's death, the blinding of Oedipus, and the final scene of desolation. Berg and Clay's translation--now available for the first time in paperback--both adheres strictly to the original meaning of the play and breathes new life into its language.

Read in English
Rating: 3/5
Review: Oedipus I did really like. I recall reading two translations pretty much in parallel – one which was apparently pretty much word-for-word faithful to the original, and this one. This one, which I imagine is less faithful to the language of the original, but more accurately conveys the spirit of it, was much more enjoyable by far. I enjoyed it a lot as a story, and remember really appreciating the soliloquies, with some fascination over how long ago it was actually written, and how something written that long ago can still be at all relevant today.