Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly recreate the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals. The series seeks to recover the entire extant corpus of Greek tragedy, quite as though the ancient tragedians wrote in the English of our own time. Under the editorship of Peter Burian and Alan Shapiro, each of these volumes includes a critical introduction, commentary on the text, full stage directions, and a glossary of the mythical and geographical references in the plays. This finely-tuned translation of Sophocles' Antigone by Richard Emil Braun, both a distinguished poet and a professional scholar-critic, offers, in lean, sinewy verse and lyrics of unusual intensity, an interpretation informed by exemplary scholarship and critical insight. Braun presents an Antigone not marred by excessive sentimentality or pietistic attitudes. His translation underscores the extraordinary structural symmetry and beauty of Sophocles' design by focusing on the balanced and harmonious view of tragically opposed wills that makes the play so moving. Unlike the traditionally gentle and pious protagonist opposed to a brutal and villainous Creon, Braun's Antigone emerges as a true Sophoclean heroine--with all the harshness and even hubris, as well as pathos and beauty, that Sophoclean heroism requires. Braun also reveals a Creon as stubbornly "principled" as Antigone, instead of simply the arrogant tyrant of conventional interpretations.
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Akrisios Amphion Antigone and Haimon Antigone and Ismene ANTIGONE ISMENE ANTIGONE Antigone's Aphrodite Argive Argos Athenians Athens Bacchus blame Boeotia born Braun brother burial of Polyneices bury Polyneices Chorus chthonic citizens Creon crime curse DanaŽ daughter dead death decree deity deny destroyed Dionysos divine doom dragon earth enemy Eros Eteokles and Polyneices Euboia Eurydice fate father girl goddess gods Greek grief Hades honor human intentionally left blank ISMENE ANTIGONE ISMENE Jocasta Justice Kadmos Kapaneus kill king of Thebes KORYPHAIOS KREON KORYPHAIOS KREON ANTIGONE KREON KREON KORYPHAIOS KREON KREON SENTRY KREON TEIRESIAS KREON Laios leader Linforth living Lykos Lykurgos Megareus Menoikios MESSENGER KORYPHAIOS mother never Niobe numbers obeyed palace parodos Pelops Pericles Phineus play poet pray principles RICHARD EMIL BRAUN rule seems sons Sophocles stasimon stone suffer TEIRESIAS KREON TEIRESIAS tell Theban Theseus tigone tomb translator tyrant wife wrong yoked Zethos Zeus