Guide for Sophocles’ Oedipus the King
study guide includes thought-provoking questions as well as
links to additional information that will help readers better
understand the play. With a partner, make your way through
this guide answering questions and learning as you go. Then
discuss Aristotle’s opinion that Oedipus the King is
the finest tragedy because "the protagonist’s recognition
of the truth coincides with the reversal of his fortunes."
photographs on this site illustrate the basic design elements
of ancient Greek theaters. View the photos and read the accompanying
text on design and staging. Based upon your reading, sketch
a model of a Greek theater. Label each basic element of design
and add a sentence or two explaining how a playwright would
have used each element in staging a play.