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Oedipus the King (5th Century B.C.): Library Resources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching Sophocles' Oedipus the King.

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Alternate Titles

Please note that Sophocles' Oedipus the King may be listed as Oedipus Rex or Oedipus Tyrannus, but it is a different play than Oedipus at Colonus

Read or Search Sophocles' Oedipus the King Online

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Reference Materials

Search the Library Catalog for the following reference titles that contain material about Oedipus the King. These titles may be available in other college or public libraries.

  • Ancient Greeks: Creating the Classical Tradition
  • Ancient Writers: Greece and Rome [vol 1]
  • Brill's Companion to Sophocles
  • Civilization of the Ancient Mediterranean: Greece and Rome
  • Classical and Medieval Criticism (CMLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vols 2, 47, 51, 80, 86] - check under Oedipus tyrannos in the Cumulative Title Index, which is located in the latest volume of this multi-volume work
    • [vol 26] - locate the topical essay "Greek Mythology"
    • [vol 51] - locate the topical essay "Greek Theater"
    • [vol 92] - locate the topical essay "Roman Drama"
  • Critical Survey of Drama [vol 6]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Characters [vol 3]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Places [vol 2]
  • Cyclopedia of World Authors [vol 3]
  • Daily Life of the Ancient Greeks
  • Drama Criticism [vol 1]
  • Drama for Students [vols 1, 4]
  • Greek and Latin Authors, 800 BC - AD 1000
  • Handbook to Life in Ancient
  • Literature and Its Times [supl 1, part 1]
  • McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama [vol 4]
  • Smithsonian Timelines of the Ancient World
  • Sophocles' Oedipus Rex
  • World Literature and Its Times [vol 8]

Books & Audio/Visual Materials

Conduct a "Subject Browse" search using the Library Catalog for:

  • Oedipus Greek mythology in literature
  • Sophcles
  • Greek drama--History and criticism

You'll find library materials that provide biographical information about Sophocles, as well criticism and interpretation of his work.

Research Guide to Theater

Want more information about various productions and critical reception of this play?

Visit our Research Guide to Theater Arts

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