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The Oedipus Plays


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Adams, S. M. Sophocles the Playwright. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1957.

Gellie, G. H. Sophocles: A Reading. Carlton, Victoria, AUS: Melbourne University Press, 1972.

Kitto, H. D. F. Greek Tragedy: A Literary Study. Oxford, UK: Routledge, reprint edition 2002.

Knox, Bernard. Oedipus at Thebes: Sophocles’ Tragic Hero and His Time. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1998.

Lattimore, Richmond. The Poetry of Greek Tragedy. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, reprint edition 2003.

Segal, Charles. Oedipus Tyrannus: Tragic Heroism and the Limits of Knowledge. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Taplin, Oliver. Greek Tragedy in Action. Oxford, UK: Routledge, reprint edition 2002.

Webster, T. B. L. An Introduction to Sophocles. Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press, 1936.

Winnington-Ingram, R. P. Sophocles: An Interpretation. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, reprint edition 2002.

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Creon doesn't accuse Oedipus

by KajuKoa, January 31, 2013

Creon is not the one who comes to Oedipus first, it is actually the blind seer, Tiresias, who can "see" future, past, and present.


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by milktea3579, February 07, 2013

Creon only exiles Oedipus because he wanted to be banished.


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cannot compare

by sassyjam, September 11, 2013


It is not wise to try and compare Oedipus the King and Oedipus at colonus. Traditionally these works were written separately and should be viewed as such. While it is difficult to ignore prior knowledge, unless you are writing specifically comparing the two characterizations (while considering the fact they were written years apart and Greek dramatists are known to change characteristics of characters), an analysis of Oedipus at Colonus must be considered within itself and not as part of a trilogy.

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