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Antigone (The Theban Plays #3)

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The curse placed on Oedipus lingers and haunts a younger generation in this new and brilliant translation of Sophocles' classic drama. The daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, Antigone is an unconventional heroine who pits her beliefs against the King of Thebes in a bloody test of wills that leaves few unharmed. Emotions fly as she challenges the king for the right to bury her

Paperback, 80 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Prestwick House, Inc. (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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Suck on that, Creon. They named the play after her.
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
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
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
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
“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
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.
عبدالله اليعقوبي
J'étais obligé de la lire.c'est ma mère qui était contente.

( Programme scolaire )
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
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
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
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.
Ter uma brilhante estudante de teatro por perto, tem imensas vantagens.
Esta maravilhosa obra, veio-me parar ao colo numa sessão de estudo.
Gostei muito!
Comum no sangue, querida irmã, caríssima Ismene,
sabes de algum mal, dos que nos vêm de Édipo,
que Zeus não queira consumar em nossas vidas?
Nada – angústia, infortúnio,
humilhação, desonra –, não há
mal que eu não veja cair sobre ti, sobre mim.”
Nov 20, 2008 Felix rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who read Oedipus
Recommended to Felix by: Joanna Doglin (12th Grade English Teacher)
In the ancient city of Thebes lies a government controlled by a king. Creon is power hungry and wants people to listen to him. This type of government causes power to be misuse leading to devastation in peoples lives. In the play Antigone, the author shows how the misuse of power causes chaos. Creon misuses power in the way he treats Antigone, the way he makes a law that went against proper human burial rights and how he expects his son Haemon to follow his unjust laws even though the thought t ...more
David Sarkies
Feb 20, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
 Imani ♥ ☮
Pretty fun stuff. Antigone is a feminist icon in her own right and far before feminism became the "monolith" it is today. I wasn't expecting that in Antigone which is why it was such a surprise. I guess the biggest surprise about Antigone, is that it really isn't about Antigone at all which is really the magic of it. The title character, while she to me remains a key feminist figure, is really a secondary character. She remains unchanged throughout the length of the book and it is the king with ...more
Something about this play just didn't communicate with me. Yes, it remarks upon the struggles between obedience and personal ethics, pride and judiciousness. Yes, it vividly portrays Greek culture in the interjections of the Chorus. Furthermore, it exposes human tendencies and flaws, as is observed of Sophocles' works, only...too far. My most serious qualms with this concerned characterization. It was disconnected and inconsistent; I tried too often to justify and understand the characters, and ...more
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.
Christopher Klein
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
Karim Mohamed
* 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
Florencia Brino
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
أحمد صبحي
أن تقرأ نصا تجاسر ضد عوامل التعرية عبر قرون طويلة بلغة لا تستعصِ على أن تترجم ترجمات يفهمها أبناء الـ "آندرويد " تدرك حينها كم البلاغة في النص القرآني الذي يتعارض مع المسرحية جملة وتفصيلا " وجعلناكم شعوبًا وقبائلَ لتعارفوا "
الأسطورة خيالية على عقول سنيّ ما قبل الميلاد
لكن ربما كان لهم من الخيال باعٌ أكبر من قسطنا فيه - فهم آمنوا بخرافات لا يصدقها إلا أحمق أو ذو خيال متقد
على كل حال - للنص عندي ثلاث نجمات، المحاباة لا مجال لها هنا
فالكاتب قد يكون الآن في حضن أفروديت يروون الثرى - أو ربما استعبدها
Betrayal, loyalty, harsh judgment, faithful love, and tragic ends.
Antigone remains one of the most heartbreaking plays of all times (for me).
The play starts with death and ends with death. Nothing is gained, but lives are lost.
They are lost because of Creon's stubborness. His judgment blinds his wisdom, and that makes him all alone in the end.
Isabel Guerra
Este es de esos libros de lectura obligatoria para la vida, que aunque narra una tragedia griega y parece bastante simple, tiene un transfondo impresionante acerca de la política, las creencias, los sentidos de la justicia, la religión... que indiscutiblemente puede analizarse desde numerosos campos más allá del literario y que nos deja con una enorme incógnita abierta... ¿Cuál es el límite del poder del hombre?
Fue algo difícil la lectura de esta obra en algunas partes porque leer textos de 440
Her ne kadar diğer iki oyundan önce yazılmış olsa da Antigone, Theban Oyunları Serisi'nin üçüncü yani son oyunu. Antigone, diğer iki oyundan aşina olduğumuz, Kral Oidipus'un kızı Antigone'un tragedyası. Antigone'un iki erkek kardeşinin savaşıp birbirini öldürmesinden sonra tahta çıkan amcası Kreon kardeşlerden Eteokles'in cenaze törenini usulüne uygun olarak düzenlerken Polyneikes'in cenazesinin usulüne uygun olarak defnedilmesini yasaklıyor. Buna dayanamayan Antigone amcasına karşı çıkıyor ve e ...more
Art evolves. It's always fascinating to travel back in time and see older, primitive versions of modern art forms. It's amazing how much we take for granted.

For example, look at ANTIGONE.

In modern literature, we expect characterization to unfold though dialog and action; we expect exposition to be subtly blended into the narrative; and we expect the themes to grow naturally from the story and to have multiple interpretations.

In Antigone, Sophacles instead gives us long debates between characte
Would you stay with a decision, even if you knew that decision was wrong, for the sake of your pride? That question is represented in Creon one of the main characters in Antigone. Antigone by Sophocles astounded me with its confusing themes and tangled dialogue. The play did have some redeeming qualities lying within the books characters.

The dialogue of Antigone was very complicated and confusing. I was never completely certain of the events that were unfolding. To make matters worse, prior know
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"[...] and now
as in ancient times I see the sorrows of the house,
the living heirs of the old ancestral kings,
piling on the sorrows of the dead
and one generation cannot free the next
some god will bring them crashing down,
the race finds no release.
And now the light, the hope
springing up from the late last root
in the house of Oedipus, that hope's cut down in turn
by the long, bloody knife swung by the gods of death
by a senseless word
by fury at the heart." (p.25)
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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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