—Richard P. Martin, Stanford University
These wonderful new translations of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Kolonos, and Antigone—together known as The Oedipus Cycle—by award-winning poet Robert Bagg bring these dynamic works to a new generation of students.
Bagg’s accurate and dynamic translations of Greek drama have been successfully staged in over 60 productions. His translations of Oedipus the King and Antigone will appear in the revised 3rd edition of The Norton Anthology of World Literature.They preserve the complexity of Sophocles’ characters and their dialogue (whether searingly raw, subtly inflected, or infused with humor) and render Sophocles’ choral odes in resonant poetry. The three plays of The Oedipus Cycle, already proven stageworthy, refresh and clarify Sophocles’s narratives for a new generation about to discover timeless sources of pleasure and illumination in classical Greek drama.