This quantity comprises 3 masterpieces by means of the Greek playwright Sophocles, greatly seemed given that antiquity because the maximum of all of the tragic poets. The shiny translations, which mix splendor and modernity, are striking for his or her lucidity and accuracy, and are both compatible for interpreting for excitement, learn, or theatrical functionality. the choice of Antigone, Oedipus the King, and Electra not just bargains the reader the main influential and recognized of Sophocles' works, it additionally offers in a single quantity the 2 performs ruled by means of a feminine heroic determine, and the event of the 2 nice dynasties featured in Greek tragedy--the homes of Oedipus and Agamemnon.
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If this is what the gods approve, why then, When I am dead I shall discern my fault; If theirs the sin, may they endure a doom No worse than mine, so wantonly inflicted! Chorus. Still from the same quarter the same wild winds Blow fiercely, and shake her stubborn soul. 930 CREON. And therefore, for this, these men shall have cause, Bitter cause, to lament their tardiness. Chorus. * CREON. I have nothing to say, no comfort to give: The sentence is passed, and the end is here. Antigone. O city of Thebes where my fathers dwelt, O gods of our race, Now at last their hands are upon me!
What shall I do? Advise me; I will listen. Chorus. Release Antigone from her rock-hewn dungeon, 1100 And lay the unburied body in a tomb. Creon. Is this your counsel? You would have me yield? Chorus. I would, and quickly. The destroying hand Of Heaven is quick to punish human error. Creon. How hard it is! *—I will give way. Chorus. Go then and do it; leave it not to others. Creon. —You men-at-arms, You here, and those within: away at once Up to the hill, and take your implements. — I fear it may be wisest to observe Throughout one's life the laws that are established.
From this, nor wealth nor force of arms Nor strong encircling city-walls Nor storm-tossed ship can give deliverance. Antistrophe 1 Close bondage was ordained by Dionysus For one who in a frenzy had denied His godhead: in a cavern Lycurgus,* for his sin, was imprisoned. In such wise did his madness bear a bitter fruit, 960 Which withered in a dungeon. So he learned it was a god He had ventured in his blindness to revile and taunt. * Then upon both her children A blinding wound fell from her cruel rival: With shuttle in hand she smote the open eyes with sharp And blood-stained point, and brought to Phineus' Two sons a darkness that cried for vengeance.