Antigone

Antigone : The Plays of Sophocles

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Antigone - Sophocles - The Plays of Sophocles - Translation by F. Storr - In Greek mythology, Antigone is the daughter of Oedipus and his mother, Jocasta. The meaning of the name is, as in the case of the masculine equivalent Antigonus, "worthy of one's parents" or "in place of one's parents." Antigone is the subject of a popular story in which she attempts to secure a respectable burial for her brother Polynices, who was killed in battle between him and his brother Eteocles even though he is seen as a traitor to Thebes and the law forbids even mourning for him, punishable by death. In the oldest version of the story, the burial of Polynices takes place during Oedipus' reign in Thebes, before Oedipus marries Jocasta. However, in the best-known versions, Sophocles' tragedies Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone, it occurs in the years after Oedipus' banishment and death, and Antigone has to struggle against Creon. Creon was next in line to throne, as he was Jocasta's brother by Menoeceus. In Sophocles' version, after Oedipus' death, it was decided that the two brothers, Eteocles and Polynices were to reign over Thebes taking turns. In the fight against Thebes, the two brothers kill each other. Antigone is brought before Creon, and states that she knew Creon's law but chose to break it, expounding upon the superiority of 'divine law' to that made by man. She puts the will of the gods ahead of manmade laws, responding to the decision of not granting Polynices a burial with courage, passion, and determination.show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 136.08g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514283786
  • 9781514283783

About Sophocles

Sophocles (c. 497/6 - winter 406/5 BC) is one of three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived. His first plays were written later than those of Aeschylus, and earlier than or contemporary with those of Euripides. According to the Suda, a 10th-century encyclopedia, Sophocles wrote 123 plays during the course of his life, but only seven have survived in a complete form: Ajax, Antigone, The Women of Trachis, Oedipus the King, Electra, Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus. For almost 50 years, Sophocles was the most-feted playwright in the dramatic competitions of the city-state of Athens that took place during the religious festivals of the Lenaea and the Dionysia. He competed in around 30 competitions, won perhaps 24, and was never judged lower than second place. Aeschylus won 14 competitions, and was sometimes defeated by Sophocles, while Euripides won only 4 competitions."show more

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