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Oedipus Tyrannus


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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
A Note on References and Acknowledgments
1: Introduction
2: Historical and Cultural Background
3: Performance, Theater, and Social Context
4: The Oedipus Myth and Its Interpretation
5: Oedipus and the Trials of the Hero
6: Life's Tragic Shape: Plot, Design, and Destiny
7: The Crisis of the City and the King
8: Discovery and Reversal
9: Resolution: Tragic Suffering, Heroic Endurance
10: Inner Vision and Theatrical Spectacle
11: "To Look upon the Light for the Last Time": The Place of Oedipus Tyrannus in Sophocles' Work
12: Reception, Influence, and Recent Literary Criticism
Selected bibliography

About the Author

Charles Segal is Walter C. Klein Professor of the Classics at Harvard University.


"A good and useful book that raises important questions and considers significant areas....Written with Segal's usual clarity and grace."--James Obertino, Central Missouri State University

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