Book #27: Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Rex

by Sophocles

The second of a three-play cycle, Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) follows the life of a man fated to kill his father and marry his mother. Oh my. Thousands of years later, Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, named his “Oedipus complex” theory in honor of the story.

For the project, I will read an electronic copy of the play based on Gilbert Murray’s 1911 translation. It is 77 pages long. Murray was a respected professor of Greek at Oxford, and his translation has been well-received. In addition to the written play, I plan on watching a taped performance of the tragedy. I would like to view the 1968 version with Christopher Plummer and Orson Welles, but I may be limited by the choices in my local libraries.

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