Antigone

Antigone

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Disaster follows when Creon, King of Thebes, forbids Antigone to bury her brother whom he has declared a traitor.

Oxford University Press
Oedipus, the former ruler of Thebes, has died. Now, when his young daughter Antigone defies her uncle, Kreon, the new ruler, because he has prohibited the burial of her dead brother, she and he enact a primal conflict between young and old, woman and man, individual and ruler, family and state, courageous and self-sacrificing reverence for the gods of the earth and perhaps self-serving allegiance to the gods of the sky.
Echoing through western culture for more than two millennia, Sophocles' Antigone has been a touchstone of thinking about human conflict and human tragedy, the role of the divine in human life, and the degree to which men and women are the creators of their own destiny. This exciting translation of the play is extremely faithful to the Greek, eminently playable, and poetically powerful.
For readers, actors, students, teachers, and theatrical directors, this affordable paperback edition of one of the greatest plays in the history of the western world provides the best combination of contemporary, powerful language, along with superb background and notes on meaning, interpretation, and ancient beliefs, attitudes, and contexts.

"Sophocles' text is inexhaustibly actual. It is also, at many points, challenging and remote from us. The Gibbons-Segal translation, with its rich annotations, conveys both the difficulties and the formidable immediacy. The choral odes, so vital to Sophocles' purpose, have never been rendered with finer energy and insight. Across more than two thousand years, a great dark music sounds for us."
--George Steiner, Churchill College, Cambridge

"Produces a language that is easy to read and easy to speak.... Enthusiastically recommended."--Library Journal [Starred Review]

Oedipus, the former ruler of Thebes, has died. Now, when his young daughter Antigone defies her uncle, Kreon, the new ruler, because he has prohibited the burial of her dead brother, she and he enact a primal conflict between young and old, woman and man, individual and ruler, family and state, courageous and self-sacrificing reverence for the gods of the earth and perhaps self-serving allegiance to the gods of the sky.
Echoing through western culture for more than two millennia, Sophocles' Antigone has been a touchstone of thinking about human conflict and human tragedy, the role of the divine in human life, and the degree to which men and women are the creators of their own destiny. This exciting new translation of the play is extremely faithful to the Greek, eminently playable, and poetically powerful.
For readers, actors, students, teachers, and theatrical directors, this new translation of one of the greatest plays in the history of the western world provides the best combination of contemporary, powerful language, along with superb background and notes on meaning, interpretation, and ancient beliefs, attitudes, and contexts.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003
ISBN: 9780195143737
0195143736
Branch Call Number: 882.01 SOP
882.01 SOP
Characteristics: ix, 197 p. ; 22 cm

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kyang_91
Mar 31, 2021

This tragic play introduces the audience to a setting in which a young woman named Antigone refuses to follow the King’s decree that no one shall bury Polyneices, for he shall be declared a traitor to their kingdom. However, Polyneices is her brother, so her morality tells her that the right thing to do is to bury Polyneices. King Creon thereby sentences her to death as punishment, to which his son Haemon protests for Antigone is his to-be wife. This constant battle between morality and ethics foments unbearable consequences; furthermore, the foreshadowing in this play is evident, making it a captivating and drawing plot for anybody interested in tragedy or Greek mythology.

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sjpl_jtlee
Mar 30, 2021

Antigone is a play written by Sophocles, the last of the Oedipus trilogy. It is a famous tragedy dating back to 442 B.C., and is often used in American literature curriculums. The play takes place after a battle in which Antigone’s brothers were on rival sides, killing each other. A man named Creon becomes the new king and forbids the citizens from burying Polyneices, one of Antigone’s aforementioned brothers. Antigone, wishing to give Polyneices a proper farewell, buries him in secret and is caught. To find out what happens after she is brought before Creon, make sure to read the play. I’d recommend that you read the first two plays before reading this, but you can also find information about the characters and the background online. What made this play interesting to me were the series of twists near the end that make it a tragedy. I would give the book an age rating of 12 and up, as the language is a bit hard to understand, and there are a few graphic scenes.

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alexqise
Feb 21, 2021

This classic Sophocles play is about a girl named Antigone who breaks the law in order to do what’s right. The King, who is also her uncle, Creon, has banished the burial of one of her brothers due to him being a traitor. Antigone cannot leave his brother like this so she asks for help from Ismene to bury the body with her. Ismene declines, but Antigone attempts to do it by herself anyway. Will she succeed or will she be punished by Creon’s cruel hand? This play is very well known for the messages and themes throughout it which is why it’s one of my favorites.

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ReadingintheCorner
Nov 27, 2020

I found this a lot easier to read than I was expecting and ended up enjoying it quite a bit. It speaks to conflicts humans face to this day about doing the right thing and admitting when you're wrong.

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kwsmith
Feb 25, 2018

The third of the famously poetic Theban plays, *Antigone,* was written by Sophocles around 441 BC. This profound classic remains astonishingly relevant today, over 2000 years after it was written. Sophocles masterfully covers gender stereotypes, tyrannical rulers, and the laws of man versus the divine laws. How much of today's fiction will be read and enjoyed 2000 years from now?

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Nymeria23
Mar 13, 2016

The story of Oedipus' rebellious child Antigone, who decides to risk death from the law and give her brother a proper burial, and a prideful King who has begun to let his power affect his judgment. Good and tragic ending to the Oedipus cycle.

Kdmullerspy Jun 04, 2013

I loved how brave Antigone was. A very interesting story.

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Elbereth
Aug 22, 2012

This classic tragedy brings up many themes still prevalent today including the balance of state and religion, the power of a ruler, and the duty of family.

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Mar 31, 2021

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Feb 21, 2021

alexqise thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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