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Oedipus Rex (MCI) (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

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ISBN-13: 978-0877549185
ISBN-10: 0877549184
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'I recommend the thoughtful introduction ... and laud the outrageous blend of hardest core philology and good humour that makes every page a joy to read. Dr Dawe has a merciless eye for nonsense in scholarly writing and an uncanny ability to turn a tragic Gestalt into a casual acquaintance.' William M. Calder III, The Classical Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Text: English, Greek --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations
  • Hardcover: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publications (December 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877549184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877549185
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,814,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark Cooper on June 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Just in case my review ends up in any and every edition of Oedipus Rex that is sold at Amazon.com, I should make it clear from the start that this is a review of the edition of the play presented in the original Greek, edited and with commentary by R.D. Rawe, which is to be found in the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics.
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.
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"Oedipus the King" (or, "Oedipus Rex") is probably Sophocles' most famous work, first performed about 429 B. C. It should be required reading for every college Freshman (or High School student). As had been prophesied, Oedipus unknowingly kills his father, Laius, and unknowingly marries his own mother, Jocasta (or, Iocasta). The play has great use of irony. Jocasta recognizes the truth before Oedipus and tries to prevent him from finding out. The play has unsurpassed use of dramatic irony. The play inspires fear and pity in the audience for the hero. It has had a great influence on later authors.
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A lot of the reviews for this page note how OT is a 'great tragedy' and should be 'read by everyone in college.' I'm not sure if Amazon has been pooling reviews from other (English?) editions of the text, but this is a commentary on the Cambridge edition of the Greek text produced by Dawe.

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.
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Oedipus Rex is a timeless, masterpiece of a tragedy whose greatness and complexity far transcends the age in which it was written. Sophecles skillfully delves into the depths of human behavior, and discerns an acute knowledge of the components which compromise the human behavior which he is studying. Human desires, the human moral code, and the human sense of remorse are three of the facets of human behavior which Sophocles conveys to us through Oedipus in his rise to power and subsequent demise. Reading Oedipus Rex can not only provide a powerful and extraordinary literary experience, but can also pose an oppurtunity for examination and reflection regarding human behavior at large, and the behavior of one's self. After reading Oedipus, it is not difficult to understand why Aristotle proclaimed Sophocles' epic to be civilization's greatest work.
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By Jamie on December 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
Oedipus Rex is ancient work that still remains popular today. It is one of those works that many of us were forced to read in high school or even college. However, Oedipus Rex can simply be one of those books you can easily read for pleasure. It is a tragic tale of a man who goes through life thinking he is someone that he turns out not to be. Oedipus' life is cursed by an old prophecy that said that he would marry his mother and kill his father, if he was not himself killed as an infant. As it turns out, he is not killed but ends up fulfilling this horrible prophecy. This book has easy to follow dialogue and really gets the readers full attention. Oedipus Rex is a short book that we all can relate to when we are having a bad day or when we feel that nothing is going right for us. After reading this book, you will come to realize that life is nowhere as horrible as that of the tragic hero Oedipus. I encourage everyone who is going through trying times to read this book, and I guarantee it will make him or her feel much better.
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Oedipus Rex was one of the-if not the- best Greek play ever written. As far as tragedy goes, this book falls short at not one spot. It has all the excitement of a daily soap opera, while giving you an experience you will never forget and allowing you to learn about the culture in the b.c. times. Overall, this play was just wonderful...
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