By Richard C. Jebb
Sir Richard Jebb's seven-volume variation of the works of Sophocles, released among 1883 and 1896, is still a landmark in Greek scholarship. Jebb (1841-1905) used to be the main amazing classicist of his new release, a Fellow of Trinity collage, Cambridge, and college Orator, for that reason Professor of Greek at Glasgow college and eventually Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge, and a Member of Parliament for the collage. every one quantity of the version includes an introductory essay, a metrical research, a sign of the resources used to set up the textual content, and the traditional summaries ('arguments') of the play. The textual content itself is given with a parallel English translation, textual collation and explanatory notes, and an appendix together with increased notes on a number of the textual matters. the standard of Jebb's paintings implies that his versions are nonetheless largely consulted this day. This quantity includes Oedipus Tyrannus.
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Extra info for Sophocles: The Plays and Fragments, Volume 1: With Critical Notes, Commentary and Translation in English Prose
He solved the enigma by the word man: the* Sphinx hurled herself from a rock; and the grateful Thebans gave the vacant throne to their deliverer as a free gift. At the same time he married Iocasta, the widow of Lai'us, and sister of Creon son of Menoeceus. The sole survivor from the slaughter of La'ius and his company was at Thebes when the young stranger Oedipus ascended the throne. The man presently sought an audience of the queen Iocasta, knelt to her, and, touching her hand in earnest supplication, entreated that he might be sent to his old occupation of tending flocks in far-off pastures.
It is drawn from the natural sources of the tragedy itself; the blind king hears the voices of his children. References § 25. A comparison may fitly close with a glance at two phetic'0 points in which the modern dramas illustrate Sophocles, and instinct. w hich have more than the meaning of details. Dryden has represented Oedipus and Iocasta as haunted, from the first, by a mysterious instinct of their true relationship. Thus she says to him :— When you chid, methought A mother's love start1 up in your defence, 1 born,' = ' started,' as again in this scene : ' Nature herself start back when them wert INTRODUCTION.
Thus she says to him :— When you chid, methought A mother's love start1 up in your defence, 1 born,' = ' started,' as again in this scene : ' Nature herself start back when them wert INTRODUCTION. xlvii And bade me not be angry. Be not you; For I love La'ius still, as wives should love, But you more tenderly, as part of me1. Voltaire has the same thought (Act II. Sc. ), where Iocasta is speaking of her marriage with Oedipus : je sentis dans mon ame etonne'e Des transports inconnus que je ne congus pas: Avec horreur enfin je me vis dans ses bras.