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by Sophocles, David Mulroy
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Sophocles’ Antigone ranks with his Oedipus Rex as one of world literature’s most compelling dramas. The action is taut, and the characters embody universal tensions: the conflict of youth with age, male with female, the state with the family. Plot and character come wrapped in exquisite language. Antagonists trade polished speeches, sardonic jibes and epigrammatic truisms and break into song at the height of passion.
    David Mulroy’s translation of Antigone faithfully reproduces the literal meaning of Sophocles’ words while also reflecting his verbal pyrotechnics. Using fluid iambic pentameters for the spoken passages and rhyming stanzas for the songs, it is true to the letter and the spirit of the great Greek original.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299290849
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 01/16/2013
Series: Wisconsin Studies in Classics Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 158
Sales rank: 658,392
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Sophocles (ca. 497/6-407/6 BCE) was the most acclaimed dramatist of his era, winning more than twenty festival competitions in ancient Athens. He is believed to have written 123 plays, but only seven have survived in complete form. David Mulroy is professor of classics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has translated The Complete Poetry of Catullus and Oedipus Rex, both published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Antigone 1
Appendix 1. Guide to Pronunciation
Appendix 2. Synopses of the Surviving Accounts of Oedipus and His Family
Suggestions for Further Reading

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Antigone 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Gurgled happily(ok)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He screamed in defiance, reaching for Jingle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She arched an appraising eyebrow, laughing. "Very true."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He watched curiously.
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Maybe my nooks messed up, but half of the play is cut off and randomly it will skip words and sentences
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Recently, in my highschool, we staged the play Antigone... I'm a lover of Greek tragedy, so I was one happy chick, and tried out right away. I ended up with the part of Creon, although I'm a girl... I guess I auditioned better then I thought, beating out all the guys and landing the role of the protagonist... I found myself adoring this play and every aspect of it. Great action, it makes you think, and the characters are wonderful. I recomend Antigone for anyone in search of a good read! ;)