Oedipus the King by Sophocles

"Oedipus the King" is a tragic play that revolves around the life of Oedipus, the king of Thebes, who is prophesied to kill his father and marry his mother. Despite his attempts to avoid this fate, Oedipus unknowingly fulfills the prophecy. When he discovers the truth about his actions, he blinds himself in despair. The play explores themes of fate, free will, and the quest for truth, highlighting the tragic consequences of human hubris and ignorance.

The 79th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 2303

Since this book was first published in -429, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 2303.0.

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