: 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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A Companion to Greek Tragedy.

The order he valued so much has been protected, and he is still the king, but he has antigoone against the gods and lost his children and his wife as a result. Theseus faces a serious challenge because now his actions might bring the city-state to war, let alone offending the gods.

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The Three Theban Plays

This is his sin, and it is this which leads to his punishment. Being tragedies, lighthearted these three Theban plays are not. February 7, Sold by: 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.


Here, the chorus is composed of old men who are largely unwilling to see civil disobedience in a positive light. His emphasis on being Haemon’s father rather than his king may seem odd, especially in light of the fact that Creon elsewhere advocates obedience to the state above all else. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

Antigone (Sophocles play) – Wikipedia

While he rejects Antigone’s actions based on family honor, Creon appears to value family himself. If you are completely new to the Oedipus series, do yourself a favor and read faglles out loud as you are reading it.

Not Enabled Screen Reader: In the opening of the play, Antigone brings Ismene outside the palace gates late at night for a secret meeting: The truth is too much.

Retrieved 5 Ffagles Is this feature helpful? The oracular prophecy makes its next move: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition. 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. Yorgos Tzavellas adapted the play into a film which he also directed.

These two opposing views — that citizenship is absolute and undeniable and alternatively that citizenship is based on certain behavior — are known respectively as citizenship ‘by nature’ and citizenship ‘by law.


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It may sound silly, but plays are meant to be heard out loud and not read silently. HaemonCreon’s son, enters to pledge allegiance to his father, even though he is engaged to Antigone.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. This leaves that she acted only in passionate defiance of Creon and respect to her brother’s earthly vessel. He is here warned that it is, but he defends it and insults the prophet of the Gods.

When talking to Haemon, Creon demands of him not only obedience as a citizen, but also as a son. When she poured dust over her brother’s body, Antigone completed the burial rituals and thus fulfilled her duty to him. It featured Irene Papas as Antigone.

He does this in qntigone to save Athens from the moral destruction which seems imminent. The Theban Plays Penguin Classics. The leader of the chorus pledges his support out of deference to Creon.