: The Three Theban Plays: Antigone; Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus eBook: Robert Fagles, Sophocles, Bernard Knox: Kindle Store. The Three Theban Plays – Sophocles Translated by Robert Fagles with Notes on the Translation: Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus. Sophocles taught his Antigone to a chorus of fifteen young men for the contest in tragedy. Robert Fagles’ “My own flesh and blood–dear sister, dear. Ismene”.

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Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Not Enabled Word Wise: He does this in order to save Athens from the moral destruction which seems imminent. Those two lines are so fundamental that the rest of the verse is spent catching up with them.

The Plays and Fragments, with critical notes, commentary, and translation in English prose. It featured Irene Papas as Antigone. The Spring festival celebrating Dionysus provided an opportunity for playwrights such as Sophocles to compete and put on a performance for thousands of spectators.

This contrasts with the other Athenian tragedians, who reference Olympus often. Antigone believes that there are rights that are inalienable because they come from the highest authority, or authority itself, that is the divine law.

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Four Plays Focus Classical Library. Anrigone the truth revealed, everything goes south. It is not until the interview with Tiresias that Creon transgresses and is guilty of sin.


When she sees her brother’s body uncovered, therefore, she is overcome by emotion and acts impulsively to cover him again, with no regards to the necessity of the action or its consequences for her safety.

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Tycho von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff justifies the need for the second burial by comparing Sophocles’ Antigone to a theoretical version where Antigone is apprehended during the first burial. It is antihone how he feels about these two values in conflict when fables in another person, Antigone: In Antigone as well as the other Theban Plays, there are very few references to the gods.

See all Editorial Reviews. Creon would be deprived of grandchildren and heirs to his lineage — a fact which provides a strong realistic motive for his hatred against Antigone.

Through plot twists and turns, Oedipus dedicates himself to finding fagels killer, only to discover that he is the killer, and that he has fulfilled a prophecy which he has tried to avoid all of his life. Theseus decides to shelter the Thebean ex-king, being moved by anitgone story of how Oedipus was unwittingly ruined and how the former king accepted his punishment when his offenses were brought to light.

Tiresias responds that because of Creon’s mistakes, he will lose “a son of antiglne own loins” [2] for the crimes of leaving Polyneices unburied and putting Antigone into the earth he does not say that Antigone should not be condemned to death, only that it is improper to keep a living body underneath the earth.


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When Antigone opposes Creon, her suffering the uncanny, is her supreme action. The Question of Sacrifice.

Antigone was written at a time of national fervor. Customers who bought this item also bought. Oedipus calls for an investigation. Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association.

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The oracular prophecy makes its next move: The chorus delivers a choral ode to the god Dionysus god of wine and of the theater; this part is the offering to their patron god. Archived from the original on 31 August Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus.

Penguin Classics; 1st edition February 7, Publication Date: Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. In BC, shortly after the play was performed, Sophocles was appointed as one of the ten generals to lead a military expedition against Samos.

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