To make Oedipus more accessible for the modern reader, our Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Editionâ„˘ includes a glossary of the more difficult words, as well as convenient sidebar notes to enlighten the reader on aspects that may be confusing or overlooked. We hope that the reader may, through this edition, more fully enjoy the beauty of the verse, the wisdom of the insights, and the impact of the drama. Sophoclesâ€™ Oedipus Rex has never been surpassed for the raw and terrible power with which its hero struggles to answer the eternal question, "Who am I?" The play, a story of a king whoâ€”acting entirely in ignoranceâ€”kills his father and marries his mother, unfolds with shattering power; we are helplessly carried along with Oedipus towards the final, horrific truth. This vibrant, new translation invites its readers to lose themselves in the unfolding of this tragic taleâ€”as suspenseful as a detective mystery, yet with an outcome long ago determined by Fate.