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: 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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In the opening of the play, Antigone brings Ismene outside the palace gates late at night for a secret meeting: In prohibiting the people of Thebes from burying Polyneices, Creon is essentially placing antihone on the level of the other attackers—the foreign Argives.

Medea, Hippolytus, Heracles, Bacchae: The law of unintended consequences remains ever present. Creon accuses Tiresias of anntigone corrupt. He initially seems willing to forsake Antigone, but when Haemon gently tries to persuade his father to spare Antigone, claiming that “under cover of darkness the city mourns for the girl”, the discussion deteriorates, and the two men are soon bitterly insulting each other.

Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone.

The Three Theban Plays

When Antkgone opposes Creon, her suffering the uncanny, is her supreme action. Ismene tries to confess falsely to the crime, wishing to die alongside her sister, but Antigone will not have it.

Both Antigone and Creon claim divine sanction for their actions; but Tiresias the prophet supports Antigone’s claim that the gods demand Polyneices’ burial. Many years have passed and Oedipus has become a wanderer, guided by the loyal Antigone.


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.

The dutiful Antigone is now back in Thebes. Seven Against Thebes Sophocles: The chorus is sympathetic to Antigone only when she is led off to her death.

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She is taken away to her living tomb, with the Leader of the Chorus expressing great sorrow for what is going to happen to her. This is his sin, and it is this which leads to his punishment. Fages Norwood explains Antigone’s performance of the second burial in terms of her stubbornness. The city is of primary importance to the chorus.

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The fortune-tellers are always right and are always heeded. The townspeople agree to call in their king, Theseus, and let him decide. Colonus, and are planning to take up residency. The Question of Sacrifice. University of Texas Press.

In this play, Creon is not presented as a monster, but as a leader who is doing what he considers right and justified by the state. Creon is telling his people that Polyneices has distanced himself from them, and that they are prohibited from treating him as a fellow-citizen and burying him as is the custom for citizens. After unsuccessfully attempting to stab Creon, Haemon stabbed himself.


It is striking that a prominent play in a time of such imperialism contains little political propaganda, no impassioned apostropheand, with the exception of the epiklerate the right of the daughter to continue her dead father’s lineage[5] and arguments against anarchy, makes no contemporary allusion or passing reference to Athens.

February 7, Sold by: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Oedipus mocks and threatens the oracle until the fortune-teller gets fed up and tells the king that it was he, Oedipus, who killed his predecessor. The contrasting views of Creon and Antigone with regard to laws higher than those of state inform their different conclusions about civil disobedience.

Archived from the original on 31 August This modern perspective has remained submerged for a long time. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Today, nearly 2, years after Sophocles wrote, scholars and audiences still consider it one of the most powerful dramatic works ever made. 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.

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