: The Three Theban Plays: Antigone; Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus eBook: Robert Fagles, Sophocles, Bernard Knox: Kindle Store. The Three Theban Plays – Sophocles Translated by Robert Fagles with Notes on the Translation: Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus. Sophocles taught his Antigone to a chorus of fifteen young men for the contest in tragedy. Robert Fagles’ “My own flesh and blood–dear sister, dear. Ismene”.

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To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. In AntigoneSophocles asks the question, which law is greater: This is his sin, and it is this which leads to his punishment. Thebes Necklace of Harmonia. Translated by Charles B.

She repeatedly declares that she must act to please “those that are dead” An. The first play, Antigone, is actually the last chronologically.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource. Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition. Creon demands obedience to the law above all else, right or wrong. Oedipus is dead, yet the curse continues.

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These two opposing views — that citizenship is absolute and undeniable and alternatively that citizenship is based on certain behavior — are known anntigone as citizenship ‘by nature’ and citizenship ‘by law. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. A second messenger arrives to tell Creon and the chorus that Eurydice has killed herself. The Johns Hopkins University Press.


After unsuccessfully attempting to stab Creon, Haemon stabbed himself. Haemon asks his father to be reasonable, but Creon will have none of it. Product details File Size: Antigone fales Ismene are the sisters of the dead Polyneices and Eteocles.

He does this in order to save Athens from the moral destruction which seems imminent. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by the renowned classicist Bernard Knox.

Antigone’s determination to bury Polyneices arises from a desire to bring honor to her family, and to honor the higher law of the gods. The sentry zntigone, and the chorus sings about honouring the gods, but after a short absence, he returns, bringing Antigone with him.

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Not Enabled Word Wise: Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Like Oedipus, various ruin then befalls Creon. It is not clear how he would personally handle these two values in conflict, faglew it is a moot point in the play, for, as absolute ruler of Thebes, Creon is the state, and the state is Creon.

Athenians, proud of their democratic tradition, would have identified his error in the many lines of dialogue which emphasize that the people of Thebes believe he is wrong, but have no voice to tell him antigpne. Gilbert Norwood explains Antigone’s performance of the second burial in terms of her stubbornness. Thebes has defeated an onslaught of Argosian warriors, led by Polynices, the exiled son of Oedipus. The terrible calamities that overtake Creon are not the result of his exalting the law of the state over the unwritten and divine law which Antigone vindicates, but are his intemperance which led him to disregard the warnings of Tiresias until it was too late.


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Having listened to the messenger’s account, Eurydice disappears into the palace. Finally, we are presented with Oedipus at Colonus. She steals the body and gives it a proper burial.

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Should Polyneices, who committed a serious crime that threatened the city, be given burial rituals, or should his body be left unburied as prey for scavenging animals? Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.