Antigone

Antigone

Book - 1989
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Baker & Taylor
Disaster follows when Creon, King of Thebes, forbids Antigone to bury her brother whom he has declared a traitor

Blackwell North Amer
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.


Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1989
Copyright Date: ©1973
ISBN: 9780195061673
0195061675
Branch Call Number: 882 SOPHO
Characteristics: x, 101 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Braun, Richard Emil 1934-

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kwsmith
Feb 25, 2018

The third of the famously poetic Theban plays, *Antigone,* was written by Sophocles around 441 BC. This profound classic remains astonishingly relevant today, over 2000 years after it was written. Sophocles masterfully covers gender stereotypes, tyrannical rulers, and the laws of man versus the divine laws. How much of today's fiction will be read and enjoyed 2000 years from now?

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Nymeria23
Mar 13, 2016

The story of Oedipus' rebellious child Antigone, who decides to risk death from the law and give her brother a proper burial, and a prideful King who has begun to let his power affect his judgment. Good and tragic ending to the Oedipus cycle.

Kdmullerspy Jun 04, 2013

I loved how brave Antigone was. A very interesting story.

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Elbereth
Aug 22, 2012

This classic tragedy brings up many themes still prevalent today including the balance of state and religion, the power of a ruler, and the duty of family.

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