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Sophocles’s Oedipus Tyrannus (also known by its Latin title Oedipus Rex) is one of the world’s fundamental works of literature, the model for Aristotle’s theory of tragedy, and the inspiration for Freud’s Oedipus Complex. This new translation, rigorously faithful to Sophocles’s words and images, reveals the play in all its dramatic and poetic power, the terrifying story of a man whose idealism and belief in his own ability to uncover secrets destroys himself and everyone he loves. Both a murder investigation and an exploration of the struggle between free will and fate—between rational choice and the oracles of the gods—Tyrant Oidipous takes us into the heart of our own deepest mysteries.