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Antigone (The Theban Plays #3)

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Sophokles' »Antigone« ist über 2500 Jahre alt und eines der wirkungsreichsten Dramen der Antike. Seine Berühmtheit verdankt es vor allem der jungen Titelheldin selbst, die als Inbegriff abendländischer Humanität, als Idealbild der liebenden Hingabe, Demut und Menschlichkeit gilt. Ihr gegenüber steht Antigones Onkel Kreon, König von Theben, der verfügt hat, dass ihr im Kamp ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 1974 by Insel Verlag Anton Kippenberg (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)
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Peggy
Feb 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, tragedy
Suck on that, Creon. They named the play after her.
Ana
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, mythology
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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Bookdragon 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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Ἀντιγόνη = Antigone, Sophocles
Antigone (Ancient Greek: Ἀντιγόνη) is a tragedy by Sophocles written in or before 441 BC.
It is the third of the three Theban plays chronologically, but was the first written. The play expands on the Theban legend that predated it and picks up where Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes ends. In the beginning of the play, two brothers leading opposite sides in Thebes' civil war died fighting each other for the throne. Creon, the new ruler of Thebes, has decided that Eteoc
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İntellecta
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This drama highlights the differences between state and divine law. Especially interesting is the language. Sophocles has done very well to portray this conflict. Even after 2500 years still a worth reading, profound text.
Kenny
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Your soul is blowing apart."
The chorus in Anne Carson's translation of
Sophocles ANTIGONE


I love Antigone. I think it is one of the very best of the Greek tragedies ~~ no one of the very best of all tragedies ever written.

Random thought ~~ I suspect there is a play that is part of this cycle that is missing ~~ a play that focuses on the brothers.

This review will not focus on the play itself, but on the wonderful translation by Anne Carson.

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Anne Carson is a poet. She is a wordsmith in the highest
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James
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4 out of 5 stars to Antigone, the third in a trilogy of Theban plays written around 441 BC (yes, almost 2500 years ago) by Sophocles. In my junior year of high school, our Advanced Placement English teacher assigned all three Theban plays. This is a mini-review on the final one, Antigone, which was my second favorite -- Oedipus Rex was of course, my favorite. In this Greek tragedy, Antigone, Oedipus Rex's daughter, fights to have a proper burial for her brother. She is strong-will
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Laura
Jan 12, 2010 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
David Sarkies
May 06, 2012 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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Jennifer
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wait, no, THIS is my favorite of the Oedipus cycle. My love is fickle. How did I not remember how good this was? The extended speeches are just as incredible as those in the other two plays, but what Antigone has over them is lightning-quick back-and-forth arguments that made my heart pound just from how good they were. I’d also forgotten how interesting the character of Antigone is (she milks that walk to her death for everything it’s worth), and how much Sophocles plays with gender stereotypes ...more
Trish
I am not well-schooled in tragedies--the Greek tragedies, that is--but when I learned that one of the books I intended to read for the Man Booker award this year was based on the story of Antigone, I thought now was a good time to have a look.

This is the first I have encountered of the play, I loved it. It is filled with terrific emotion and common responses to tragedy, as well as wisdom unbound. The personalities are strong and salty...and act on their promises.

Those of you who know the story w
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Jonfaith
Sep 10, 2014 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 20, 2013 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
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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Liz Janet
Sep 27, 2014 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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Sarita
Jul 11, 2015 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
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 trajedinin 3. bölümü, yani Kreon ile oğlu Haimon arasında geçen diyaloglar ise tek kelimeyle mükemmel. Para ve gücün insanları nasıl de ...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.
Paul Fulcher
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I read this in preparation for reading Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie from this year's Man Booker longlist.

And I read in a different translation to the edition shown here, one sticking more literally to the original Greek, including not translating terms where it felt there was no satisfactory equivalent. This was important in clarifying some of the key themes, but rather puts the onus of interpretation back on the reader (and this reader is no expert in ancient Greek philosophy).

A number of things
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Vera
Feb 23, 2013 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
ZaRi
آنتیگونه: تو تا حالا عاشق شدی؟
تیرسیاس: عشق خطرناکه خانوم!
آنتیگونه: چرا؟
تیرسیاس: چون نمی ذاره از چیزای خطرناک بترسی!
Mahdi Lotfabadi
چیزی که توی این سهگانه توجهم رو جلب کرد این بود که خیلی از دغدغههای فکری نویسنده توی 2500 سال پیش با دغدغههای فکری ما یکی بوده! و باعث شد بیشتر به پیشرفت انسان فکر کنم... واقعاً پیشرفت کردیم یا همونی هستیم که 2500 سال پیش بودیم و فقط هر چند قرن افول و صعود داریم؟ ...more
Yani
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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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Masoud Irannejad
یک تراژدی فوق العاده زیبا و خواندنی
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 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 .
Teresa Proença
"ANTÍGONA: Não nasci para odiar, mas para amar!"

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(Frederic Leighton - Antigone)

Antígona é a última peça da trilogia que narra a tragédia da família dos Labdácias, reis de Tebas*.
Depois da morte de Édipo, Policines - com o auxílio do sogro, rei de Argos - ataca Tebas para recuperar o trono usurpado pelo irmão mais novo, Etéocles. Durante a batalha, os dois irmãos matam-se um ao outro. O governo da cidade passa para Creonte, irmão de Jocasta, que manda sepultar Etéocles e deixar Policines exposto
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Nadja
Jun 15, 2016 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
عبدالله اليعقوبي
J'étais obligé de la lire.c'est ma mère qui était contente.

( Programme scolaire )
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
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Sophocles (born c. 496 bc, Colonus, near Athens [Greece]—died 406, Athens), (Greek: Σοφοκλής; German editions: Sophokles, Russian: Софокл, French editions: Sophocle) 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 ...more
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The Theban Plays (3 books)
  • Oedipus Rex  (The Theban Plays, #1)
  • Oedipus at Colonus (The Theban Plays, #2)
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