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Antigone / Edition 1

Antigone / Edition 1

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Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly recreate the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals. The series seeks to recover the entire extant corpus of Greek tragedy, quite as though the ancient tragedians wrote in the English of our own time. Under the editorship of Peter Burian and Alan Shapiro, each of these volumes includes a critical introduction, commentary on the text, full stage directions, and a glossary of the mythical and geographical references in the plays.

This finely-tuned translation of Sophocles' Antigone by Richard Emil Braun, both a distinguished poet and a professional scholar-critic, offers, in lean, sinewy verse and lyrics of unusual intensity, an interpretation informed by exemplary scholarship and critical insight. Braun presents an Antigone not marred by excessive sentimentality or pietistic attitudes.

His translation underscores the extraordinary structural symmetry and beauty of Sophocles' design by focusing on the balanced and harmonious view of tragically opposed wills that makes the play so moving. Unlike the traditionally gentle and pious protagonist opposed to a brutal and villainous Creon, Braun's Antigone emerges as a true Sophoclean heroine--with all the harshness and even hubris, as well as pathos and beauty, that Sophoclean heroism requires. Braun also reveals a Creon as stubbornly "principled" as Antigone, instead of simply the arrogant tyrant of conventional interpretations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195061673
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 02/28/1990
Series: Greek Tragedy in New Translations Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 126
Sales rank: 90,755
Product dimensions: 7.94(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.26(d)
Lexile: 940L (what's this?)

About the Author

About the Translator:
Richard Emil Braun is Professor of Classics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He has published several volumes of poetry and translations, including Children Passing, The Foreclosure, and Persius' Satires.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Antigone 1
Appendix 1. Guide to Pronunciation
Appendix 2. Synopses of the Surviving Accounts of Oedipus and His Family
Suggestions for Further Reading

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Antigone (Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Press Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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BooksForDinner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read this for a Lit class... also, watched a production in class with Sir John Geilgud playing the old oracle.
fufuakaspeechless on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent book, a great ending to the story.
sealford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Antigone's story is a bit of a sad one. For those who haven't read it yet, I'm not going to spoil it for you. But keep in mind, there is a very good reason why it is required reading in many high schools. I read this one after reading "Medea," and I instantly become hooked on all of the Greek authors. Though relatively short compared to other works of that time period, the story is very profound, and tends to keep the reader hooked right up until the end.
hannahj26 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this. It was short but interesting. Though it was written long ago, the characters are easily related to in today's world.
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