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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 andstate, 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 translationof 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 ancientbeliefs, attitudes, and contexts.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2003
ISBN: 9780195143737
Branch Call Number: 882.01 Sopho
Characteristics: ix, 197 p
Additional Contributors: Gibbons, Reginald
Segal, Charles


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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.

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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