: 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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Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. Creon enters, along with the chorus of Theban elders. The Johns Hopkins University Press.

The Three Theban Plays

He seeks their support in the days to come and in particular, wants them to back his edict regarding the disposal of Polyneices’ body. He understands that his own actions have caused these events and blames himself. Creon demands obedience antigohe the law above all else, right or wrong.

Antigone and Ismene are the sisters of the dead Polyneices and Eteocles. When Creon arrived at Antigone’s cave, he found Haemon lamenting over Antigone, who had hanged herself.

In the opening of the play, Antigone brings Ismene outside the palace gates late at night for a secret meeting: The story of the ex-king who killed his father and got it on with his mother has spread far and wide. Translated by David Grene. Four Plays Focus Classical Library. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Three Theban Plays: Antigoone wants to bury Polyneices’ body, in defiance of Creon’s edict.


Creonthe new ruler of Thebes and brother of the former Queen Jocasta, has decided that Eteocles will be honored and Polyneices will be in public shame. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Creon becomes furious, and seeing Ismene upset, thinks she must have known of Antigone’s plan.

In the first two lines of the first strophe, in the translation Heidegger used, the chorus says that there are many faglfs things on earth, but there is nothing stranger than man. The city is of primary importance to the chorus.

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Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The sentry leaves, and the chorus sings about honouring the gods, but after a short absence, he returns, bringing Antigone with him.

Oedipus the King Kindle Edition. It is not clear how he would personally handle these two values in conflict, but it is a moot point in the play, for, as absolute ruler of Thebes, Creon is the state, and the state is Creon.

The Three Theban Plays. Thebes has defeated an onslaught of Argosian warriors, led by Polynices, the exiled son of Oedipus. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource.


A well established theme in Antigone is the right of the individual to reject society’s infringement on her freedom to perform a personal obligation.

Retrieved March 8, This play is an ode to Athens, and by being buried just outside the city, it will be protected antogone all time.

Today, nearly 2, years after Sophocles wrote, scholars and audiences still consider it one of the most powerful dramatic works ever made. Theseus decides to shelter the Thebean ex-king, being moved by his story of how Oedipus was unwittingly ruined and how the former king accepted his punishment when his offenses were brought to light. The chorus in Antigone lies somewhere in between; it remains within the general moral and the immediate scene, but allows itself to be carried away from the occasion or the initial reason for speaking.

Rose maintains that the solution to the problem of the second burial is solved by close examination of Antigone as a tragic character. Set up a giveaway. In AntigoneSophocles asks the question, which law is greater: It was the firmly kept custom of the Greeks that each city was responsible for the burial of its citizens.

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