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Oedipus Rex


Man cannot control his destiny

Audience Grades 10-12; used in Classical Conversations communities in Challenge IV
Accessibility Most students will require minimal guidance
Preparation None required
Ease of Use Regular print with explanatory footnotes
Author Sophocles; translated by Sir George Young
Page Count 54
Format Perfect bound; paperback
Publication Date 2015

General Description

The tragedy of Oedipus Rex revolves around King Oedipus as he attempts to avoid a terrible prophecy given to him. However, the more he tries to do the right thing, the more irony and fate take over, driving Oedipus to ruin. Perhaps even earnest men cannot make good rulers without divine assistance. In this classic, readers not only explore the mechanics of ancient drama, but also uncover the allusion behind the psychological “Oedipal complex.”

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