The Burial at Thebes

The Burial at Thebes

A Version of Sophocles' Antigone

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
An updated version of the ancient play by Sophocles retells the tragic story of Creon and his rebellious daughter Antigone, who disobeys her father's command to leave her dead brother unburied and thus incurs the full measure of his wrath.

McMillan Palgrave
Sophocles' play, first staged in the fifth century B.C., stands as a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's security. During the War of the Seven Against Thebes, Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, learns that her brothers have killed each other, having been forced onto opposing sides of the battle. When Creon, king of Thebes, grants burial of one but not the "treacherous" other, Antigone defies his order, believing it her duty to bury all of her close kin. Enraged, Creon condemns her to death, and his soldiers wall her up in a tomb. While Creon eventually agrees to Antigone's release, it is too late: She takes her own life, initiating a tragic repetition of events in her family's history.

In this outstanding new translation, commissioned by Ireland's renowned Abbey Theatre to commemorate its centenary, Seamus Heaney exposes the darkness and the humanity in Sophocles' masterpiece, and inks it with his own modern and masterly touch.


Blackwell North Amer
Sophocles' Antigone, first staged in the fifth century B.C., stands as a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's security. After the War of the Seven Against Thebes, Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, learns that her brothers have killed each other, having been forced onto opposing sides of the battle. When Creon, king of Thebes, grants burial to one but forbids it to the "treacherous" other, Antigone defies his order, believing it her duty to bury all of her close kin. Enraged, Creon condemns her to death, and his soldiers wall her up in a tomb. While Creon eventually agrees to Antigone's release, it is too late: in a tragic repetition of events in her family's history, she takes her own life.
In this new translation, commissioned by Ireland's Abbey Theatre to commemorate its centenary, Seamus Heaney exposes the darkness and the humanity in Sophocles' masterpiece, and inks it with his own modern and masterly touch.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780374117214
0374117217
Branch Call Number: 880 HEA
Characteristics: 79 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Sophocles Antigone

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