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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 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 more

Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 145.8 x 216.4 x 21.3mm | 408.24g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195143736
  • 9780195143737

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Segal's introduction and notes by themselves make this book worth buying: they are a product of a lifetime of scholarship and will spread enlightenment, generate enthusiasm and endlessly provoke and fascinate readers as they examine Segal's theories, as well as absorbing the wealth of information on offer. The Journal of Classics Teaching Gibbons's translation is the most faithful to the original Greek I know ... his translation is the truest to Sophocles' language. The Journal of Classics Teachingshow more

About Sophocles

Reginald Gibbons is the author of nine volumes of poems, including Sparrow: New and Selected Poems, It's Time and Fern-Texts. With Charles Segal he has also translated Euripides' Bakkhai. He teaches at Northwestern University. The late Charles Segal was Walter C. Klein Professor of the Classics at Harvard University. His many books include Sophocles' Tragic World, Tragedy and Civilization: An Interpretation of Sophocles, and Oedipus Tyrannus: Tragic Heroism and the Limits of more

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