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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 ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Ingram (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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Peggy
Feb 22, 2009 Peggy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, tragedy
Suck on that, Creon. They named the play after her.
Ana
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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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
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
Vera
Feb 20, 2013 Vera rated it it was amazing
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
David Sarkies
May 06, 2012 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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غزل أدم
Jul 11, 2015 غزل أدم rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Yani
Dec 01, 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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Liz Janet
Sep 27, 2014 Liz Janet 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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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
Feb 23, 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
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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Cassandra Kay Silva
May 11, 2009 Cassandra Kay Silva rated it it was amazing
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.
Viji  (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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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 .
عبدالله اليعقوبي
J'étais obligé de la lire.c'est ma mère qui était contente.

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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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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
Francisco H. González
Mucho he disfrutado con esta tragedia de Sófocles, la primera que he leído de este autor. Tragedia que no pasa de moda, pues cada poco la vemos representada en los teatros. La última, por estos pagos, obra de Miguel del Arco.

El tema que trata es muy actual, y tiene que ver con la desobediencia de Antígona , quien desafía el poder establecido -un desafío doble, tratándose de una mujer, la cual debería de plegarse según está establecido en esa época, a su rol de mujer sumisa y silenciosa- cuando
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Mary-jane
Aug 09, 2016 Mary-jane rated it liked it
actual rating:3,5. Άσχετα από ολα τα φιλοσοφικά ζητήματα που θίγει το έργο(τα οποία ειναι σπουδαίαΠ.Χτο νόημα του πολέμου,της εξουσίας,της ελευθερίας και τα αντίθετα τους).σαν υπόθεση δεν με ξετρελανε.Βασικά,για να ειμαι ακριβής θα μπόρουσε αυτή η πλοκή να είχε εκτελεστεί καλυτερα.Κι αυτό το λέω,γιατί μετά από ένα σημείο πραγματικά δεν με νοιαζει η τύχη κανενός από τους ήρωες.Και αυτοί οι τελευταίοι ειναι λιγάκι μονοδιαστατοι.Ο κακός και αυταρχικός Κρεονταςη γεναια Αντιγόνη,η δειλή και υποταγμέν ...more
Christopher
Jul 01, 2015 Christopher rated it liked it
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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Alp Turgut
En az "Kral Oidipus" kadar korkunç bir trajediyi konu alan "Antigone", Kral Oidipus'un ölümünden sonraki zaman diliminde geçiyor. Oidipus'un kızı Antigone üzerinden anlatılan tragedyanın ilginç tarafı ise okuyucuyu, kardeşlerinin ölümünün ardından tahta geçen dayısı Kreon'un korkunç kaderiyle tanıştırması. Etkileyici finaliyle tüyleri diken diken yapmasını bilen tajedinin 3. bölümü, yani Kreon ile oğlu Haimon arasında geçen diyaloglar ise tek kelimeyle mükemmel. Para ve gücün insanları nasıl değ ...more
Mohammed
Jan 23, 2011 Mohammed rated it it was amazing
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.
Nadja
Jun 15, 2016 Nadja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inače ne volim da čitam lektire, kao što ne volim da radim bilo šta drugo što me teraju, ali Antigona je izuzetak. Prvi put da mi se lektira stvarno svidela
Liv Fisher
Read my full review at: http://merikthorne.blogspot.com/2017/....

Antigone's brother has died, and her uncle, King Creon, orders his body to be left to the wilderness, untouched by anyone. But when Antigone defies his orders and buries her brother, Creon is enraged... For should Antigone's highest loyalty be to her God? Or should it be to an earthly authority?

Antigone was a fascinating story, though I feel it might've been better performed rather than actually read. The writing style was supporti
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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
Sep 08, 2012 Tristan rated it really liked it
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
Aug 30, 2015 Sheyla rated it it was amazing
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.
Ellie
Anne Carson is a brilliant poet and translator and one of my favorite writers-how could she not be? Everything I've read of hers- (Autobiography of Red-Canada, Red Doc>, Nox, and now Antigonick-has been thought-provoking, fascinating, filled with language and images that are hauntingly beautiful.

Antigonick is a translation/adaptation of Sophokles' play. Perhaps it is more accurate to say that it is inspired by the original and plays with its meanings along with the meanings of other writers/p
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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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