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Sophocles Antigone

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ISBN-10: 052101073X

ISBN-13: 9780521010733

Edition: 2002

Authors: David Franklin, John Harrison, Judith Affleck, P. E. Easterling, Sophocles

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Sophocles: Antigone is the fifth title in the 'Cambridge Translations from Greek Drama' series. Features of the book include a full commentary running alongside the translation with questions to encourage discussion, notes on pronounciation and a plot synopsis.
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Book details

List price: $14.34
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/9/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 126
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.572

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.), Oedipus Tyrannus (c.430 b.c.), Trachiniae (c.430 b.c.), Electra (between 418 and 410 b.c.), Philoctetes (409 b.c.), and Oedipus at Colonus (posthumously in 401 b.c.). With Sophocles, Greek tragedy reached its most characteristic form. He added a third actor, made each play independent---that is, not dependent on others in a trilogy---increased the numbers of the chorus, introduced the use of scenery, shifted the focus from religious to more philosophical issues, and brought language and characters, though still majestic, nearer to everyday life. His finely delineated characters are responsible for the tragedy that befalls them, and they accept it heroically. Aristotle (see Vols. 3, 4, and 5) states that Sophocles said he portrayed people as they ought to be; Euripides, as they are. His utter command of tragic speech in the simple grandeur of his choral odes, dialogues, and monologues encourages the English reader to compare him to Shakespeare (see Vol. 1).

Preface
Background to the story
Map of ancient Greece
List of characters
Antigone: translation and commentary
Synopsis of the play
Guide to pronunciation of names
Introduction to the Greek theatre
Time line
Index