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Oedipus Rex (MCI) (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)
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About the play itself I will say nothing other than it is the greatest play of the greatest playwright of the ancient world.
Concerning the text as presented by Dawe, it was interesting to pleasurable to read and compare his own particular edition of the play with that of other editors such as Jebb and Hugh Lloyd-Jones. Unfortunately, not being a scholar of the manuscript tradition, I can say nothing about the judiciousness of his particular editorial choices.
Regarding the commentary, I found it excellent, particularly in its explanations of particle combinations and its highlighting of peculiar diction on Sophocles' part.
Excellent though it is, I should stress that it is clearly not aimed at students of Greek who are only beginning their study of Greek tragedy, since Dawe passes over in silence much that would be obscure and difficult to inexperienced students. That said, it would still be an interesting and illuminating commentary for a the more inexperienced student so long as he or she used it in conjunction with another commentary oriented to beginners in tragedy -- the best such commentary would be that published in the amazing Bryn Mawr Commentary series.
What struck me most about Dawe's commentary was the wonderfully dry sense of humor that expresses itself from time to time. It is the only commentary on an ancient Greek text that I've read which actually had me laughing out loud on a number of occasions.
All in all, then, I highly recommend it.
The introduction is a little underwhelming, and bounces between the historical situation of the play and our modern (mis)interpretation of its content, mediated by Freud and so forth. I would have appreciated more structure, and a more straightforward introduction, which is instead more of an introductory essay on how to read the play.
The endnotes the great. No problems there.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent text--but I find the play much more difficult than the Antigone and Jebb's notes are more extensive. Read morePublished on September 1, 2009 by Jack Cade
Oedipus Rex is one of the more interesting plays to come from Greece. It is the first part of a trilogy of plays. Read morePublished on April 22, 2002 by Matthew Copley
This is the type of book that you probably wont read unless you're bored or have to. It's definitely a good story that relates to society today as it was in the past. Read morePublished on April 15, 2002 by J. Mike Montoya
This is a play full of dramatic and tragic irony. What are the odds of killing your father and marrying your mother without knowing. Read morePublished on April 3, 2002
I managed, only because I knew the story.
It's good, but definately kind of disturbing. Those Greeks, what to do, wht to do.
If you like freaky stories, you'll love this. Read more
this is one of the best plays ever written, as well as one of the earliest. oedipus has become very much a part of our culture, and the oedipus plays should be required reading. Read morePublished on November 12, 2000 by email@example.com
I think Oedipus Rex was a rather good book it relates really well to the Atenian times and as a critques serves rather well in portraying the drama and the lifetsyles of the... Read morePublished on June 15, 2000 by Mathew Broderick
I do not feel Sophocles quite matches Aeschylus. Nevertheless, his trilogy is a phenomenal piece of literature. The construction of this is superb. Read morePublished on May 22, 2000 by Sean Ares Hirsch