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    Penguin Classics: Electra & Other Plays

    By: Sophocles

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    Before Sophocles, only two speakers would appear on the stage at one time; by introducing the third actor he turned declamation into true drama, capable of exploring the complex motivations of flesh-and-blood human beings as well as discussing profound moral issues, Whether he exhibits for us the pathos of Heracles' deserted wife (in 'Women of Trachis'), the conflict of might and right (Philoctetes) or the downfall of a great intransigent Homeric hero in a world of opportunism (Ajax), Sophocles remains for us, as he was for Aristotle, one of the supreme dramatists of the world. His unique flavour has been brilliantly recreated in E.F. Watling;s fine translations.

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