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Sophocles' Antigone (The Theban Plays #3)

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1906 translation.
Paperback, 108 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Kessinger Publishing (first published -441)
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Huda Aweys Despite his stupidity, but he certainly Creon, he is the one who faced much .. questions, .. consequences .. and knew the tragedy from the beginning,…moreDespite his stupidity, but he certainly Creon, he is the one who faced much .. questions, .. consequences .. and knew the tragedy from the beginning, and suffered (less)
Ncc No. I have read Antigone and watched Oedipus Rex (in that order) and it made sense. It would help to read a synopsis of what happens in the first two…moreNo. I have read Antigone and watched Oedipus Rex (in that order) and it made sense. It would help to read a synopsis of what happens in the first two to get a general idea of the politics and controversy that takes place in Antigone. I recommend the synopsis in Timeless Tales Of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton.(less)
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Ana {The Good Gif Fairy}
Love, you mock us for your sport.

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I will always love and cherish this book. Antigone has always been one of my favorite heroines. She's strong, brave and complex. To put it in simple terms: Antigone makes for one hell of a kick-ass heroine.

There's nothing like a good Greek tragedy.

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But I do Greek drama.

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Love me some Greek melodrama.


I will leave you with this thought. Some ideals are worth dying for.


I am not afraid of the danger, if it means death, It will not be the worst of deaths -
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Peggy
Feb 22, 2009 Peggy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, tragedy
Suck on that, Creon. They named the play after her.
Bookworm Sean
Antigone is a real heroine; she stands up for what she believes in. She was faced with a strong dilemma. The law of man, the word of her uncle the king, demands that her brother's body remains unburied in the open with no funeral rights, to be savaged by animals. For King Creon, this is a symbolic justice for a traitor and a rebel, but the laws of the God’s, and the ruling of Antigone’s own mind, demands that she gives him libations (death rights) that all men deserve. She buries the body and fa ...more
Laura
Jan 12, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
Antigone is a strong contender in the Plays That Keep You Awake at Night competition. The background of the story reads, no surprise, like a Greek tragedy: Antigone is the orphaned daughter of Jocasta and Oedipus (the mother and father/brother team from Oedipus Rex) who has now lost both her brothers as well — they killed each other fighting over who got to rule Thebes. Uncle Creon, the new king, decreed that the “traitor” brother is to go unburied. The conflict is that Antigone plans to ignore ...more
Jonfaith
Nov 28, 2015 Jonfaith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Owen Bennett Jones recently wrote on the Islamic State in the LRB. "Every time a Jihadi movement has won power it has lost popularity by failing to give the people what they want: peace, security and jobs." When I read that I thought about poor King Creon. I have always felt disturbed by the vice of fate in this play which steadily traps and crushes. It was Creon's hubris which caught my attention this time. Doesn't he have a mandate? I imagine him simply incredulous. Why this dissent? Subsequen ...more
Vera
Feb 27, 2013 Vera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Δραματικός λόγος από τον τραγικό ποιητή Σοφοκλή! Ενα δυνατό κείμενο σε όλα τα επίπεδα του λόγου, που εμπλέκει τον αναγνώστη στα δρώμενα κάνοντας τον να φιλοσοφήσει και να προβληματιστεί. Μεγάλες αλήθειες και διαχρονικές αξίες παρουσιάζονται στο κείμενο όπως " αναρχίας ουκ εστιν μειζον κακόν" και "«Ούτοισυνέχθειν, αλλά συμφιλείν έφυν» «δε γεννήθηκα για να μισώ με τους άλλους άλλα να αγαπώ μαζί τους» "Οὐδὲν γὰρ ἀνθρώποισιν οἷον ἄργυρος κακὸν νόμισμ’ ἔβλαστε" "τό γὰρ περισσὰ πράσσειν οὐκ ἔχει νοῦν ...more
Liz BooksandStuff
May 03, 2016 Liz BooksandStuff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
“All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.”

I have always found this play, and any of Sophocles’ tragedies, as comedies. Apparently I have a very bad sense of humour. But there is nothing more hilarious in literature than poetic justice. It is not as funny as Oedipus Rex, but it is quite funny still, since Antigone sticks it up to Creon. Antigone is the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, and she has also now lost h
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Yani
Dec 17, 2014 Yani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, teatro
“Así reposaré junto a él […]; / rebelde y santa por cumplir con todos mis deberes piadosos; que/ más cuenta me tiene dar gusto a los que están abajo, que a los que/ están aquí arriba, pues para siempre tengo que descansar bajo tierra.”

Qué carácter. Antígona es otra protagonista que me sorprende por su construcción en esta clase de tragedias. Me llama la atención que, aunque haya muy pocos personajes femeninos, los que están tienen peso y son muy distintos entre sí. Y Antígona, además de tener un
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David Sarkies
Dec 12, 2015 David Sarkies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Greek Tragedy
Recommended to David by: David Hester
Shelves: tragedy
The family or the state
6 May 2012

This is probably the closest of all of the Greek tragedies to a Shakespearian tragedy. This is due to the end of the play having a huge bodycount and the action of the play is driven by one person's fatal flaw (not that I actually believe in the fatal flaw argument, but that is beside the point). However it is not Antigone who has the fatal flaw in this play but rather Creon, the king of Thebes. Unfortunately we cannot really look to Oedipus at Colonus to see th
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Antigone, Sophocles
عنوان: آنتیگونه (آنتیگون)؛ اثر: سوفکلس؛ ترجمه: نجف دریابندری؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، آگه، 1391، در 148 ص، شابک: 9789643292775؛ موضوع: نمایشنامه های یونانی 496 تا 406 پیش از میلاد؛ این کتاب در سالهای مختلف توسط ناشرین و مترجم های دیگر نیز منتشر شده است
تراژدی آنتیگون، در اسطوره های یونانی، دختر ادیپ (شاه تبس)، و یوکاسته (مادر و همسر همان شاه تبس) است. برادرانش «پولونیکوس» و «اتئوکلس»، در جنگ، همدیگر را میکشند. «کرئون» دائی آنتیگون و آن دو برادر است، که پس از «ادیپ» پادشاه «تبس» شده.
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Vera
Mar 02, 2013 Vera marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Δραματικός λόγος από τον τραγικό ποιητή Σοφοκλή! Ενα δυνατό κείμενο σε όλα τα επίπεδα του λόγου, που εμπλέκει τον αναγνώστη στα δρώμενα κάνοντας τον να φιλοσοφήσει και να προβληματιστεί. Μεγάλες αλήθειες και διαχρονικές αξίες παρουσιάζονται στο κείμενο όπως " αναρχίας ουκ εστιν μειζον κακόν" και "«Ούτοι συνέχθειν, αλλά συμφιλείν έφυν» «δε γεννήθηκα για να μισώ με τους άλλους άλλα να αγαπώ μαζί τους» "Οὐδὲν γὰρ ἀνθρώποισιν οἷον ἄργυρος κακὸν νόμισμ’ ἔβλαστε" "τό γὰρ περισσὰ πράσσειν οὐκ ἔχει νοῦν ...more
Cassandra Kay Silva
This was of course some of the most fluid and beautiful writing I have come across in a long time. I have wanted to read this play for years and finally ran across a copy of it. The words were an absolute song and the bits by the choir thrown in were terribly fun to act out in your mind. I would love to see this on stage. I am not sure if the plot was exactly my favorite but the words alone were enough to rock me into a happy lull of entertainment and contentment.
Maria Thomarey
Apr 02, 2016 Maria Thomarey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ενα έργο για το δίκιο και το άδικο και τα ρευστά όρια τους. Ενα εργό για το νόμο και την παράδοση ,για την οικογένεια καιτο κράτος . Ενα έργο για την εξουσία και και το ποιος την διαχειρίζεται . Και ενα έργο για τον έρωτα και το θάνατο . Όλα αυτα είναι η αΑβτιγονη .
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
What a work it was.!! The copy I have is by Penguin Little Black Classics series,and I was delaying reading it since the print was tiny and set in a style I didn't like. But now I realize what a stupid I was to have delayed reading such a piece of beauty...

Moralizing isn't everyone's forte. Too many have written such a lot of works on the topic that the moment one starts reading something on it,the natural reaction is 'not again.!' This book is a bit different in that genre. It moralizes,it tal
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Kutşın Sancaklı
'.. Kreon yine de tümden haksız olmadığı gibi Antigone de tümden haklı değildir. Aksine: Her ikisi de zaten tümden haklı olmak istedikleri için haksızlığa düşüyorlar ya.. Elbette Kreon kadar değil, ama Antigone'de de var bu sapma. Onun trajedisi bu; salt bu yüzden yıkılabiliyor..'

'.. Sofokles insan olarak bizlerin, "daha yüksek" hak iddiamızın doğruluğundan hiçbir zaman, burnumuzun büyüyüp salt kendimizce doğru olan "daha büyük" olma bilgisinin kışkırtmasıyla ya da sırf fanatikçe inat edebilece
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عبدالله اليعقوبي
J'étais obligé de la lire.c'est ma mère qui était contente.

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Huda Aweys
My review in English first then in Arabic-ريفيو بالانجليزي في البداية يليها ريفيو بالعربي
Antigone, Oedipus's girl of his mother! Thebes's girl .. legend's girl .. complexities's girl ..
who inherited the legacy of all those, cumbersome legacy .. make she reject .. make she impetus to die, in order to complete the legend, and for.. the rift in Thebes extends and expands and grows ..
Antigone Oedipus's girl, who inherited his pride and stubbornness and as, his walked to Destiny (as he and she were
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Jim Elkins
Oct 27, 2012 Jim Elkins rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
Anne Carson's translation of "Antigone" has gotten more serious reviews than any but the most celebrated recent novels. She's been reviewed by Judith Butler, George Steiner, and Nick Mirzoeff. There are long, thoughtful reviews online, for example at piercepenniless.wordpress.com. I don't have anything to add to the reviewers' comments about the text. I agree it is problematic to have Antigone say things like "BINGO," despite Carson's clear intention to speak to a contemporary reader. And it is ...more
Aya Fathy
أنتيجونـــــة :
يا أيها القبر أنت مضجع عرسي و حفرة منامي و سجني إلى الأبد . إني ألقي فيك أهلي الذين أخذ الموت منهم كل عددهم و أنا آخرهم وأشقاهم أنزل إلى قبري قبل أن يحضرني أجل حياتي .. وأنا ساعية إلى قبري يغشى قلبي أمل كبير أن ألقى أبي كما يلقى الحبيب حبيبته - سألقاكِ يا أمي كما ألفت أن تحبيني و سألقاك يا أخي العزيز ؟
حينما حضركم الموت قد غسلتكم بيدي وزينتكم و صببت عليكم تراب قبوركم - والآن يا بولينيكس هذا ما كسبت من وراء ما أديت لبدنك من حق الدفن .. و الغفلاء يحمدون ما قدمت لك من الرعاية , و ما
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Florencia
Este libro lo leí en la secundaria, junto con Edipo Rey, claro. Aunque ésta última es más conocida, recuerdo que me gustó más Antígona. Una mujer, a pesar de las restricciones sufridas -propias de la época-, cuya fuerza de espíritu y sentido de lealtad, le permitieron no doblegarse con respecto a lo que ella creía era correcto, desafiando a la autoridad que a veces, se ciega de orgullo.
Desde ya, todo terminó como bien lo refleja la frase hecha "como tragedia griega".
Queda pendiente una relectur
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Mohammed
This is not the edition i read, i read in a very good, old swedish translation.

This play i think is his masterwork and stronger than Oidopus Rex play. Great story,strong poetry,more depth in comparison to that other famous play. I prefered Euripedes to him when i read them both first but after his strong female portrayal,timeless story,characters i have more respect for his writing. Like most Classic Ancient Greece drama its better in written form,its closer to poetry than modern plays.
Cemre
Antigone da olmasa pozitif hukuk - doğal hukukun çatıştığı hâller hangi eserle anlatılırdı?! :)

Babasının başına gelen felaketler yetmiyormuş gibi Antigone'un da yaşamadığı çok az felaket kalmış. Annesini ve babasını kaybeden Antigone'un iki erkek kardeşi de savaşırken ölmüştür; fakat biri Polis uğruna savaşırken diğer ise Polis'e karşı savaşırken ölmüştür. Bu sebeple Polis için savaşan erkek kardeş usulüne uygun bir şekilde gömülürken diğer kardeş için buna izin verilmemiş, "kurda kuşa yem olsu
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Tristan
Dec 11, 2015 Tristan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The immortality of Antigone is ensured because of the agelessness of it's themes. Antigone struggles to bring to light that the law is not necessarily right. Creon struggles to enforce his rule and make sure that all live lawfully.
These characters are mirrors of ourselves in a long-lost time when ancient people had the same problems as modern men and women. Are you a good and just person if you are a law-abiding one? Can there be a moral landscape outside of the law? Could the law be wrong? Ant
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Sheyla
Oct 10, 2015 Sheyla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2015
Antígona es una historia épica que posee un trasfondo ético, político y moral. Su sentido trágico es conmovedor y refleja una heroína convencional que esta dispuesta a morir por sus ideales. Sin duda, el rol femenino en esta historia es importante y creo que es uno de los aspectos que más me gustó.
غزل أدم
May 16, 2016 غزل أدم rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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إلى كل من يريد أن يكتب أو يقرأ شئ ذا مغزي أنصحه بقراءة هذه المسرحية عميقة المغزى نبيلة الهدف البعيدة كل البعد عن فجاجة المباشرة التى تقتل أى عمل وتنفر القارئ منه
Mel Bossa
Well, this resonated deeply with me. Especially the relationship between Antigone and her flighty and untrustworthy sister Ismene. Man, that part when Ismene now suddenly wants to stand at her sister's side after the King Creon has sentenced Antigone to be immured, really pissed me off and brought up all kinds of feelings of injustice and indignation. As with Electra, Antigone is a woman alone facing the self-righteousness of an elder king unwilling to lose face or learn anything new he hasn't s ...more
Jim Coughenour
What did Antigone do to deserve this? Carson's translation makes a mockery of translations – that seems to be half its point, the other being a kind of aesthetic experiment that I found irritating throughout. Great pains have been taken to produce a book that looks like art - vellum pages interspersed among the drawings that look to me like derivative Dzama (but that's probably pure ignorance) and Carson's hand-lettering which is crabbed and almost illegible, including silly errors (it's for its ...more
Christopher
Sophocles, oh Sophocles. A happy man who wrote sad plays...

I read the Fitts and Fitzgerald version (not the J.E. Thomas which was the first one that came up when entering the book) because I couldn't easily get my hands on the Seamus Heaney edition without spending a few dollars. But, I'll take the iambic hexameter. I think it reads pretty nicely.

This is one of those Ancient Greek morality plays that comes across to a modern reader as a bit two-dimensional: "What's more important, my duty to o
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Karim Abdel-Khalek‎
* الجزء الثالث و الأخير من ثلاثية أوديب *

أنتيجون و معناها " التي لا تتزعزع " ، أنتيجون المرأة الصامدة التي ساعدت والدها أوديب الكفيف حتى مات ، لم يبقى لها أحد بعد مقتل أخويها و وفاة أبوها سوى أختها ، و لكن أختها تموت أيضاً و تبقى أنتيجون تريد أن تدفن أخيها المتهم بالخيانة ، النهاية كانت شبه متوقعه - تم حرق النهاية في مقدمة المسرحية أصلاً- ، الحوار كان رائع و الجوقة في المسرحية كانت جيدة ، في العموم يمكنني أن أقول أن سلسلة أوديب كانت من أفضل السلاسل التي قرأتها في حياتي

Sébastien Norblin Antigone et Polynice
Patricia Nedelea
The female characters from the Greek Plays are so strong, so proto-feminist... no wonder they end up either dead or completely devastated.:)
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Sophocles (Greek: Σοφοκλής; German editions: Sophokles, Russian: Софокл) was an ancient Greek tragedy playwright. Not many things are known about his life other than that he was wealthy, well educated and wrote about one hundred and twenty three plays (of which few are extant). One of his best known plays is 'Oedipus the King' (Oedipus Rex).
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