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William Butler Yeats' Superb English Translation Powers This Tour de Force 1957 Production, Complete With Dramatic Masks Worn By The Entire Stratford Shakespearean Festival Foundation Of Canada Cast, Of Sophocles' High Greek Tragedy Of A Man Who Would Be King Were It Not For His Obscured Baseness, Directed By Tyrone Guthrie And Starring Douglas Campbel As Oedipus And Eleanor Stuart As Jocasta (And Hidden Among The Chorus Is A Young William Shatner!), Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Widescreen, Eastmancolor, 1 Hour 28 Minutes.) #OedipusRex #OedipusTyrannus #OedipusTheKing #Sophocles #WilliamButlerYeats #TyroneGuthrie #DouglasCampbel #EleanorStuart #WilliamShatner #Tragedy #Tragedies #GreekTragedy #AthenianTragedy #GreekTragedies #AthenianTragedies #GreekLiterature #AthenianLiterature #PerformingArts #Dithyrambs #AncientAthens #AncientGreece #GreekCivilization #AncientGreekCivilization #HellenicGreece #Movies #Film #MotionPictures #Cinema #WesternTradition #WesternCulture #WesternCivilization #OccidentalCulture #WesternWorld #WesternSociety #WesternTradition #StoryOfCivilization #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
Sophocles (Play), William Butler Yeats (English Translation)
Douglas Campbell ... Oedipus
Eleanor Stuart ... Jocasta
Robert Goodier ... Creon
William Hutt ... Chorus Leader
Donald Davis ... Tiresias
Douglas Rain ... Creon
Tony Van Bridge ... Man From Corinth
Eric House ... Shepherd / Old Priest
Gertrude Tyas ... Nurse
Naomi Cameron ... Ismene
Barbara Franklin ... Antigone
Roland Bul, Robert Christie, Ted Follows, David Gardner, Bruno Gerussi, Richard Howard, Roland Hewgill, Edward Holmes, James Manser, Louis Negan, William Shatner, Bruce Swerdfager, Neil Vipond ... Chorus
Oedipus Rex, also known by its Greek title, Oedipus Tyrannus, or Oedipus the King, is an Athenian tragedy by Sophocles that was first performed around 429 BC. Originally, to the ancient Greeks, the title was simply Oedipus, as it is referred to by Aristotle in the Poetics. It is thought to have been renamed Oedipus Tyrannus to distinguish it from another of Sophocles's plays, Oedipus at Colonus. In antiquity, the term "tyrant" referred to a ruler with no legitimate claim to rule, but it did not necessarily have a negative connotation. Of Sophocles' three Theban plays that have survived, and that deal with the story of Oedipus, Oedipus Rex was the second to be written. However, in terms of the chronology of events that the plays describe, it comes first, followed by Oedipus at Colonus and then Antigone. Prior to the start of Oedipus Rex, Oedipus has become the king of Thebes while unwittingly fulfilling a prophecy that he would kill his father, Laius (the previous king), and marry his mother, Jocasta (whom Oedipus took as his queen after solving the riddle of the Sphinx). The action of Sophocles's play concerns Oedipus's search for the murderer of Laius in order to end a plague ravaging Thebes, unaware that the killer he is looking for is none other than himself. At the end of the play, after the truth finally comes to light, Jocasta hangs herself while Oedipus, horrified at his patricide and incest, proceeds to gouge out his own eyes in despair. In his Poetics, Aristotle refers several times to the play in order to exemplify aspects of the genre.