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Antigone

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Classical Greek drama is brought vividly to life in this series of new translations. The new versions remain faithful to the original Greek, yet the language has all the immediacy of contemporary English. The result is a series of genuinely actable plays, which bring students as close as possible to the playwrights' original words and intentions.

Students are encouraged to engage with the text through detailed commentaries, which include suggestions for discussion and analysis. ...

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Overview

Classical Greek drama is brought vividly to life in this series of new translations. The new versions remain faithful to the original Greek, yet the language has all the immediacy of contemporary English. The result is a series of genuinely actable plays, which bring students as close as possible to the playwrights' original words and intentions.

Students are encouraged to engage with the text through detailed commentaries, which include suggestions for discussion and analysis. In addition, numerous practical questions stimulate ideas on staging and encourage students to explore the play's dramatic qualities.

Paul Woodruff's translation of one of Sophocles' most famous tragedies captures the dramatic and poetic intensity of the ancient Greek play without sacrificing accuracy. This edition also features an Introduction and annotations by the translator.

Author Biography: Paul Woodruff is Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas, Austin. His translations of Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus (with Peter Meineck) and Euripides' Bacchae are also available from Hackett Publishing Company.

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Editorial Reviews

Joseph Russo
A lucid, well-paced translation, natural enough sounding in the dialogue to make a good acting version.
Library Journal
These two new additions to Oxford's "Greek Tragedy in New Translations" series only add to the luster of the previous releases. Each is firmly packed with insightful introductions, comprehensive and numbered notes, glossaries, and up-to-date bibliographies (the plays' texts take up about half of each volume). The collaboration of poet and scholar in each volume produces a language that is easy to read and easy to speak (compare, for instance, the Watchman's first lines in Shapiro and Burian's Agamemnon with those in Lattimore's 1947 translation). Each volume's introduction presents the play's action and themes with some detail. The translators' notes describe the linguistic twists and turns involved in rendering the text into a modern poetic language. Both volumes are enthusiastically recommended for academic libraries, theater groups, and theater departments.-Larry Schwartz, Minnesota State Univ., Moorhead Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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In her new translation of Antigone, Ruby Blondell demonstrates an unswerving sense of what the general reader needs to know in order not only to understand Sophocles, but to relish him as well… My own students have found that this edition not only makes the Antigone accessible, but also helps them understand why it continues to fascinate, to disturb, and to grip its readers century by century.

—John T. Kirby, Comparative Literature, Purdue University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613822432
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown
  • Publication date: 2/20/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 60
  • Sales rank: 810,679
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Meet the Author


Ruby Blondell is Professor of Classics at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has published widely on Greek literature and philosophy, and the reception of myth in popular culture. Her books include "The Play of Character in Plato’s Dialogues" (Cambridge 2002); "Women on the Edge: Four Plays by Euripides" (co-authored) (Routledge 1999); "Helping Friends and Harming Enemies. A Study in Sophocles and Greek Ethics" (Cambridge 1989).
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Table of Contents

Introduction to Antigone
Suggestions for Further Reading
Note on the Translation
Theban Royal Family Tree
Cast of Characters
Antigone 1
Endnotes 59
Appendix: Hegel on Antigone 63
Selected Bibliography 66
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2005

    A Very Nice [Short] Tragedy

    I had to read this play during the summer for an english class, and when I got it, I was suprised how short it was. The play is about a girl [Antigone--pronounced An-tig-oh-knee] that wants to giver her brother a burial that has been forbidden by the King, Creon. The play ends in tragedy, and is in ways similiar to Romeo and Juliet. This was a very good read that will only take you about a day to get through.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2000

    A Great Book

    This book is a great example of Greek tragedy and a definite classic. It is a must read for all who love historic dramas. Sophocles displays his thoughts about the times including the Greek Law of Revenge, moral law vs. civil law, and totalitarianism vs. democracy. You absolutely must read this wonderful story.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    Cant even read it

    Maybe my nooks messed up, but half of the play is cut off and randomly it will skip words and sentences

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2014

    Alina

    She runs at Elsa with a butcher knife and stabbed her several times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2014

    Elsa

    Im sorry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2014

    S

    The young boy, about ten or eleven, walked in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2014

    To Pepper

    I rp someone named Pepper already... I just don't want them to think I'm you... Please change your name...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2014

    Benny

    Waves shyly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2014

    Trisha

    Stares at what happened to Elsa, scarred. ((IS ANY ADULT GOING TO STOP THIS??? I like Elsa from Frozen.))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2014

    Rose

    Gurgled happily(ok)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2014

    Mattie

    The young toddler wailed, wanting for a human to pick her up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2014

    Claire2 ~ Baby Boy

    ((Please read my post below.))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2014

    Rose

    Her soft hands touched her cheek.

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    Posted November 18, 2014

    Fane

    He nodded curtly to the boy and pulled Jacque to the fireplace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2014

    A baby boy (2)

    He screamed in defiance, reaching for Jingle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2014

    A bby boy,

    Coffcoff. I'm not a 'her' c: )) He stared blankly, his mind unable to process the sounds he made as words.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2014

    Claire

    Claire watched the baby boy quietly. Shel plopped down right beside him.

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    Posted November 22, 2014

    Ms. Caldwell

    She sighed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2014

    To Kid

    Idc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2014

    Claire

    Claire rubbed her hands, shivering. She knocked once more on the door.

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