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Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins

The three Theban plays by Sophocles - Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone - are one of the great landmarks of Western theatre. They tell the story of Oedipus, King of Thebes, who was destined to suffer a terrible fate - to kill his father, marry his mother, and beget children of the incestuous union. He does this unknowingly but still has to suffer terrible consequences, which also tragically affect the next generation.

These three plays were written around 450 BC, with the playwright following the established convention of presenting the story through main characters but using a chorus - sometimes one voice, sometimes more - as an independent commentator that also occasionally participates in the drama. When the audiences of ancient Athens went to the amphitheatres to see the plays, they would have known the basic story of poor Oedipus.

Nevertheless, the power of Sophocles' retelling made the Theban plays deeply horrifying and affecting - and this is still true now, some 2,500 years later. There is also a strong contemporary resonance for us, for in the 20th century the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud famously adopted the story to illustrate his Oedipus complex, which, he argued, was a condition of the unconscious mind in boys - that they want to sleep with their mothers. It is interesting that through the character of the queen, Jocasta, in Oedipus the King, Sophocles states this unequivocally.

Oedipus the King is well known. The other two are less so: Oedipus at Colonus, which deals with his last days, and Antigone, which casts the spotlight on his daughter, who, as part of the accursed blood line, chooses to act in a way she believes is right, whatever the consequences. Yet they are equally powerful and moving.

This audio production, with Jamie Glover as Oedipus and Hayley Atwell as his daughter, Antigone, is a world premiere audio recording of all three plays.

With the authoritative but modern translation by Ian Johnston, specially commissioned new music from the English composer Roger Marsh, and a cast of outstanding actors, this Audible Original presentation of Sophocles' Theban plays will be listened to not once but many times.


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Amazon link shows price as $6.95. Audible shows it for free. Got it off Audible. Thanks.
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Thanks. Got it at Audible for free.
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We're sorry, we were unable to add this product to the cart. Please try again.
However, keep trying to add it to the cart and after some 15 attempts, it finally worked.
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It worked for me. Two clicks (I have the audible app already signed on in the background on my phone)
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Sweet remembrancer of college years...got one.
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What a mother f***ing good deal... sorry had to... I'm not sorry 🙃
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Sweet remembrancer of college years...got one.
I don't know if I'd call it sweet rememberance but had to read it, didn't see it performed.
I did "purchase" this free thing but could never see actually being so low on material that I'd bother with it?
Unless you're a classicist or a student, there are far more consumable, relatable and, therefore, meaningful works to read/listen to.
It's studied and perpetuated for it's preeminent role in drama and fiction but that doesn't make it enjoyable. I have shelves and shelves of stuff from college that I haven't revisited for this very reason.
Just my 2¢ and out of personal frustration.... have a copy of Herodutus for 20 years that I've still got maybe 20 pages in before bailing for something else Smilie
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Going to see if my mom wants to go with me. Thanks!
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I don't know if I'd call it sweet rememberance but had to read it, didn't see it performed.
I did "purchase" this free thing but could never see actually being so low on material that I'd bother with it?
Unless you're a classicist or a student, there are far more consumable, relatable and, therefore, meaningful works to read/listen to.
It's studied and perpetuated for it's preeminent role in drama and fiction but that doesn't make it enjoyable. I have shelves and shelves of stuff from college that I haven't revisited for this very reason.
Just my 2¢ and out of personal frustration.... have a copy of Herodutus for 20 years that I've still got maybe 20 pages in before bailing for something else Smilie
Perhaps I have some nostalgia associated with the classics. I grew up reading Shakespeare Milton Aeneid Iliad Odyssy inferno....antigone...classics on my own both in and out of class. Rereading these books is an experience akin to reliving the past moments. It's like how your mood is changed by listening to the song that played on your fist date ballet...or a dance...or wedding, kiss or breakup.
I actually read so many classics in my days that I was an inch closer to majoring in classics. Hence the sweet remembrance part. Reading the old classics is like music to my ears...it has personal significance, and hence a sweet remembrance.

I understand that the classics have been discussed to death in our post secondary education, and there are alternatives. Doing completely away with them would not be justics, and I know a lot of the schools now mix it up a little. You are right. Perhaps upper level classes use the contemporary literature. But I think they have to be exposed to a genre that It depends on ones taste.
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Incredibly silly question, I know, but do you need to have an Audible subscription for the deal? If you have Prime will it work? Sorry, I've been copying audio books from the library for years.
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