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Sophocles; A verse translation by David Mulroy, with introduction and notes

Publication Year: 2013

Sophocles’ Antigone ranks with his Oedipus Rex as one of world literature’s most compelling dramas. The action is taut, and the characters embody universal tensions: the conflict of youth with age, male with female, the state with the family. Plot and character come wrapped in exquisite language. Antagonists trade polished speeches, sardonic jibes and epigrammatic truisms and break into song at the height of passion.
    David Mulroy’s translation of Antigone faithfully reproduces the literal meaning of Sophocles’ words while also reflecting his verbal pyrotechnics. Using fluid iambic pentameters for the spoken passages and rhyming stanzas for the songs, it is true to the letter and the spirit of the great Greek original.

Published by: University of Wisconsin Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7


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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-xii

I undertook this translation of Antigone with the same goal that I set for myself in my recently published translation of Oedipus Rex (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011). In both cases I’ve tried to do justice to the rhythmic character of spoken passages by using strict iambic pentameter while conveying the musicality...

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pp. xiii-liv

Oedipus, ruler of the ancient city of Thebes, unknowingly killed his father and married his mother. When he finally passed from the scene, he left four children behind: his sons Eteocles and Polyneices and his daughters Antigone and Ismene. Antigone is about the daughters....


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pp. 1-68

Appendix 1. Guide to Pronunciation

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pp. 69-72

Appendix 2. Synopses of the Surviving Accounts of Oedipus and His Family

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pp. 73-92

Further Reading, Series Pages, Back Cover

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pp. 148-159

E-ISBN-13: 9780299290832
E-ISBN-10: 0299290832
Print-ISBN-13: 9780299290849
Print-ISBN-10: 0299290840

Page Count: 157
Publication Year: 2013