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Antigone

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ISBN-10: 0062132121

ISBN-13: 9780062132123

Edition: 2012

Authors: Sophocles

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The final chapter of Sophocles's classic Oedipus cycle, Antigone epitomizes the clash between law, social obligations, familial duty, and the honor of the gods.Oedipus's sons have slain each other on the battlefield, but Kreon, their uncle and Thebes's new ruler, has decreed that only Eteokles be buried. Polyneikes will be left to rot—the greatest dishonor imaginable for a Greek warrior. When their sister Antigone, however, attempts to see Polyneikes properly honored, she garners a death sentence for breaking Kreon's edict. Neither she nor Kreon's son Haemon can convince Kreon to reconsider, forcing the blind prophet Tiresias to reveal the terrible legacy that Kreon's hubris will bring to…    
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Book details

List price: $8.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 8/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.31" wide x 8.00" long x 0.36" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

The Greek dramatist Sophocles, born to a wealthy family at Colonus, near Athens, was admired as a boy for his personal beauty and musical skill. He served faithfully as a treasurer and general for Athens when it was expanding its empire and influence. In the dramatic contests, he defeated Aeschylus in 468 b.c. for first prize in tragedy, wrote a poem to Herodotus (see Vol. 3), and led his chorus and actors in mourning for Euripides just a few months before his own death. He wrote approximately 123 plays, of which 7 tragedies are extant, as well as a fragment of his satiric play, Ichneutae (Hunters). His plays were produced in the following order: Ajax (c.450 b.c.), Antigone (441 b.c.),…