Friday, April 1, 2011

New Translation: The Complete Plays of Sophocles

THE COMPLETE PLAYS OF SOPHOCLES translated by Robert Bagg and James ScullyIn August, Harper Perennial will publish a wonderful new translation of The Complete Plays of Sophocles by two award-winning poets and playwrights—Robert Bagg and James Scully.

The effectiveness and timeliness of Sophocles’s dramas depends on translations such as these to resonate, intellectually and emotionally, with contemporary students. And, with this in mind, the editors of the distinguished Norton Anthology of World Literature, Volume One have chosen to refresh the third edition by including Robert Bagg's translations of Oedipus the King and Antigone.

Included here are Aias, Women of Trakhis, Philoktetes, Elektra, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Kolonos, and Antigone. In addition to providing a general introduction that gives students insight into ancient Greek theater, Sophocles’s life and legacy, and the choices they made as translators, Robert Bagg and James Scully introduce each play, stressing its relevance to contemporary students.


The Complete Plays of Sophocles (ISBN 9780062020345, paperback, $16.99) will publish in August 2011. For a limited time, educators may request an eGalley of the complete book to consider for course adoption. Write to to request access. Please include the following information in your email request: name, school, course taught, estimated enrollment. You will have access to the eGalley for a maximum of 60 days. Offer expires on May 31.

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