Antigone (Greek Tragedy in New Translations Series)

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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 ...

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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.

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Richard Emil Braun is Professor of Classics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He has published several volumes of poetry and translations, including Children Passing, The Foreclosure, and Persius' Satires.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    German?

    Uhm i cant read german.........

    4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Do not download

    Cant open it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Bad scan - unreadable

    The introduction and notes are in English and are mostly readable. But the body of the play is in Greek and did not OCR at all. The result is pure gibberish.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Illegible

    So many typos and errors that it is unreadable.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    Horrible

    It was all sscrambled letters

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Unreadable

    Digitized very poorly.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    This copy's so poorly digitized, it's illegible

    The play's a must-read, but you'll find this copy illegible, as multiple previous, honest reviewers have noted.

    Beware of:
    1. Poorly digitized copies, like this one, that are illegible. Shame on BN for letting this horrendous version should in the NOOK Store!

    2. "Reviewers" who shill for whoever published this awful copy.

    3. Reviewers of the story itself, who haven't bothered to even skim this copy. If they bothered, they'd warn you to find a better formatted (read: legible) copy elsewhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    I liked it!

    My english class read his and u thoughti would hate it! But i thoroghly enjoyed it! Antigone was very powerful especially for a women of the age... it is written in play form if thats a turn off for you, and its a greek traggedy so it is sad...but if you like ancient greece, give it a try! But try to do some backround research first

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    A really good book

    I really like this book it is a really good ad venture biok if toyb want an adventure

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    Awosone

    Isvso interesting

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    Curiosity

    I've read so many books that cite Antigone so I wanted to satisfy my curiosity. I am not sure what the hype is all about. It is like all other Greek tragedies. I don't know why it's such a favorite among the literati.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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