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Sophocles, Antigone, 531-581


nanYou who were lurking like a viper in my own house and secretly gulping up my life’s blood, while I was oblivious that I was nurturing two plagues, two revolutions against my throne—tell me now, will you also affirm


nanYou who were lurking like a viper in my own house and secretly gulping up my life’s blood, while I was oblivious that I was nurturing two plagues, two revolutions against my throne—tell me now, will you also affirm


nanYou who were lurking like a viper in my own house and secretly gulping up my life’s blood, while I was oblivious that I was nurturing two plagues, two revolutions against my throne—tell me now, will you also affirm


nanYou who were lurking like a viper in my own house and secretly gulping up my life’s blood, while I was oblivious that I was nurturing two plagues, two revolutions against my throne—tell me now, will you also affirm


nanyour share in this burial, or will you forswear all knowledge of it?


nanI performed the deed—as long as she concurs—and I share and carry the burden of guilt.


nanI performed the deed—as long as she concurs—and I share and carry the burden of guilt.


nanNo, justice will not permit you to do this, since you were not willing to help with the deed, nor did I give you a part in it.


nanNo, justice will not permit you to do this, since you were not willing to help with the deed, nor did I give you a part in it.


nanBut now with this sea of troubles around you, I am not ashamed to sail in a sea of suffering at your side.


nanBut now with this sea of troubles around you, I am not ashamed to sail in a sea of suffering at your side.


nanAs to whose deed it is, Hades and the dead are witnesses. A friend in words is not the type of friend I love.


nanAs to whose deed it is, Hades and the dead are witnesses. A friend in words is not the type of friend I love.


nanNo, sister, do not strip me of death’s honor


nanbut let me die with you and make due consecration to the dead.


nanDo not share my death. Do not claim deeds to which you did not put your hand. My death will suffice.


nanDo not share my death. Do not claim deeds to which you did not put your hand. My death will suffice.


nanAnd how can I cherish life, once I am deprived of you?


nanANTIGONE: Ask Creon; all thy care is for him. ISMENE: Why vex me thus, when it avails thee nought? ANTIGONE: Indeed, if I mock, 'tis with pain that I mock thee. ISMENE: Tell me,-how can I serve thee, even now? ANTIGONE: Save thyself: I grudge not thy escape. ISMENE: Ah, woe is me! And shall I have no share in thy fate? ANTIGONE: Thy choice was to live; mine, to die. ISMENE: At least thy choice was not made without my protest. ANTIGONE: One world approved thy wisdom; another, mine. ISMENE: Howbeit, the offence is the same for both of us. ANTIGONE: Be of good cheer; thou livest; but my life hath long been given to death, that so I might serve the dead. CREON: Lo, one of these maidens hath newly shown herself foolish, as the other hath been since her life began. ISMENE: Yea, O king, such reason as nature may have given abides not with the unfortunate, but goes astray. CREON: Thine did, when thou chosest vile deeds with the vile. ISMENE: What life could I endure, without her presence? CREON: Nay, speak not of her 'presence'; she lives no more. ISMENE: But wilt thou slay the betrothed of thine own son? CREON: Nay, there are other fields for him to plough. ISMENE: But there can never be such love as bound him to her. CREON: I like not an evil wife for my son.


nanAsk Creon. Your concern is for him.


nanWhy do you torture me like this, when it does not help you?


nanNo, if I mock you, it is to my own pain that I do so.


nanTell me, how can I help you, even now?


nanSave yourself. I do not grudge your escape.


nanAh, misery! Will I fall short of sharing your fate?


nanYour choice was to live, it was mine to die.


nanAt least your choice was not made without my protests.


nanOne world approved your wisdom, another approved mine.


nanNevertheless, the offense is identical for both of us.


nanTake heart! You live. But my life has long been


nanin Death’s hands so that I might serve the dead.


nanOne of these maidens, I declare, has just revealed her foolishness; the other has displayed it from the moment of her birth.


nanOne of these maidens, I declare, has just revealed her foolishness; the other has displayed it from the moment of her birth.


nanYes, Creon. Whatever amount of reason nature may have given them does not remain with those in dire straits, but goes astray.


nanYes, Creon. Whatever amount of reason nature may have given them does not remain with those in dire straits, but goes astray.


nanYours did, I know, when you chose dire actions with dire allies.


nanWhat life would there be for me alone, without her presence?


nanDo not speak of her presence . She lives no longer.


nanWhat? You will kill your own son’s bride?


nanWhy not? There are other fields for him to plough.


nanBut not fitted to him as she was.


nanI abhor an evil wife for my son.


nanANTIGONE: Haemon, beloved! How thy father wrongs thee! CREON: Enough, enough of thee and of thy marriage! LEADER OF THE CHORUS: Wilt thou indeed rob thy son of this maiden? CREON: 'Tis Death that shall stay these bridals for me. LEADER: 'Tis determined, it seems, that she shall die. CREON: Determined, yes, for thee and for me.-(To the two attendants) No more delay-servants, take them within! Henceforth they must be women, and not range at large; for verily even the bold seek to fly, when they see Death now closing on their life. (Exeunt attendants, guarding ANTIGONE and ISMENE.-CREON remains.) CHORUS (singing) strophe 1 Blest are they whose days have not tasted of evil. For when a house hath once been shaken from heaven, there the curse fails nevermore, passing from life to life of the race; even as, when the surge is driven over the darkness of the deep by the fierce breath of Thracian sea-winds, it rolls up the black sand from the depths, and there is sullen roar from wind-vexed headlands that front the blows of the storm. (antistrophe 1) I see that from olden time the sorrows in the house of the Labdacidae are heaped upon the sorrows of the dead; and generation is not freed by generation, but some god strikes them down, and the race hath no deliverance. For now that hope of which the light had been spread above the last root of the house of Oidipus-that hope, in turn, is brought low — by the blood-stained dust due to the gods infernal, and by folly in speech, and frenzy at the heart. strophe 2 Thy power, O Zeus, what human trespass can limit? That power which neither Sleep, the all-ensnaring, nor the untiring months of the gods can master; but thou, a ruler to whom time brings not old age, dwellest in the dazzling splendour of Olympus. And through the future, near and far, as through the past, shall this law hold good: Nothing that is vast enters into the life of mortals without a curse. antistrophe 2 For that hope whose wanderings are so wide is to many men a comfort, but to many a false lure of giddy desires; and the disappointment comes on one who knoweth nought till he burn his foot against the hot fire. For with wisdom hath some one given forth the famous saying, that evil seems good, soon or late, to him whose mind the god draws to mischief; and but for the briefest space doth he fare free of woe. LEADER OF THE CHORUS: But lo, Haemon, the last of thy sons;-Comes he grieving for the doom of his promised bride, Antigone, and bitter for the baffled hope of his marriage? (Enter HAEMON)


nanHaemon, dearest! How your father wrongs you!


nanEnough! Enough of you and of your marriage!


nanWill you really cheat your son of this girl?


nanDeath it is who will end these bridals for me.


nanThen it seems that it is resolved that she will die.


nanResolved, yes, for you and by me. To the two Attendants. No more delay! Servants, take them inside! Hereafter they must be women, and not left at large.


nanResolved, yes, for you and by me. To the two Attendants. No more delay! Servants, take them inside! Hereafter they must be women, and not left at large.


nanResolved, yes, for you and by me. To the two Attendants. No more delay! Servants, take them inside! Hereafter they must be women, and not left at large.


nanFor it is known that even the brave seek to flee, when they see Death now closing on their life. Exeunt Attendants, guarding Antigone and Ismene. Creon remains.


nanFor it is known that even the brave seek to flee, when they see Death now closing on their life. Exeunt Attendants, guarding Antigone and Ismene. Creon remains.


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Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
ajax (sophocles), actors in Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 208
antigone Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 484, 486
antigone (sophocles), actors in Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 208
antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 484, 486
asia, as origin of pelops Gruen, Rethinking the Other in Antiquity (2011) 227
burial, role of Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 208
characters, tragic/mythical, antigone Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 278
characters, tragic/mythical, creon, king of thebes Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 278
characters, tragic/mythical, haemon Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 278
characters, tragic/mythical, ismene Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 278
characters, tragic/mythical, polyneices Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 278
communication, between actors Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 208
creon, role of Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 208
dialogue, between characters Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 208
episodes, of antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 484, 486
eulogy, of human beings Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 484, 486
euripides, and political as opposed to rhetorical tragedy Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 278
fictive founder Gruen, Rethinking the Other in Antiquity (2011) 227
fictive founders Gruen, Rethinking the Other in Antiquity (2011) 227
foundation legends, peloponnesus' Gruen, Rethinking the Other in Antiquity (2011) 227
foundation legends Gruen, Rethinking the Other in Antiquity (2011) 227
ismene, role of Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 208
law, in antigone Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 486
neoptolemus, role of Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 208
odysseus, role of Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 208
paean, to human beings Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 484, 486
peloponnesus, foundation legend Gruen, Rethinking the Other in Antiquity (2011) 227
pelops, as founder Gruen, Rethinking the Other in Antiquity (2011) 227
philoctetes, role of Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 208
philoctetes (sophocles), actors in Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 208
piety, of antigone Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 735
pindar Gruen, Rethinking the Other in Antiquity (2011) 227
silence, use of Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 208
sophocles, and rhetoric/tragedy as a rhetorical form Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 278
stasima, of antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 484, 486
structure, of antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 484, 486
tutor, and orestes Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 735
underworld, and antigone Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 486