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Uniform Title:
Antigone. English
Publication Information:
Chicago : I.R. Dee, [1998]

Physical Description:
54 pages ; 23 cm.
Reading Level:
1090 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC High School 10 8 Quiz: 00530 Guided reading level: NR.
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Central Library PA4414.A7 R84 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Part of Plays for Performance Series, this work depicts of the struggle between individual conscience and state policy, and probes the nature of human suffering.

Author Notes

Sophocles was born around 496 B.C. in Colonus (near Athens), Greece. In 480, he was selected to lead the paean (choral chant to a god) celebrating the decisive Greek sea victory over the Persians at the Battle of Salamis. He served as a treasurer and general for Athens when it was expanding its empire and influence. He wrote approximately 123 plays including Ajax, Antigone, Oedipus Tyrannus, Trachiniae, Electra, Philoctetes, and Oedipus at Colonus. His last recorded act was to lead a chorus in public mourning for Euripides. He died in 406 B. C.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 3
On the Translationp. 37
Antigonep. 51
Notes on the Textp. 117
1. The Date of Antigonep. 183
2. The Myth of Antigone, to the End of the Fifth Century BCEp. 184
3. The Transmission of the Textp. 187
Glossaryp. 189
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 197

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