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.
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Aiskhylos Akrisios anapests ancient Antigone ANTIGONE ISMENE ANTIGONE Antigone’s antistrophe Argive Athenian Athens Bakkhai body brother burial bury Polyneikes cave Chanting chorus chorus’s citizens city’s conflict contrast corpse curse dead death Demeter Dionysos divine earth echoes emendation Eros Eteokles Euripides Eurydike Eurydike’s father Furies gods Greek tragedy Greek word Guard Hades Haimon HAIMON KREON HAIMON honor house of Oidipous human Iokaste Ismene ISMENE ANTIGONE ISMENE justice Kadmos kill king Kleopatra Kreon KREON HAIMON KREON lament language laws lines literally lower world Lykourgos lyrical manuscripts marriage meaning Megareus MESSENGER Messenger’s metaphor mother motif myth Niobe Oidipous Turannos one’s Persephone phrase Phrygia play play’s pollution Polyneikes qq.v refer reverence royal house scene second stasimon sense Seven against Thebes Singing son’s Sophoklean Sophokles speak speech stage strophe suffering suggests suicide Teiresias Theban Thebes Thrace tomb tragic translation underworld verb what’s wife women Zeus