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Sophocles, Antigone, 880-883


nanto look up at this sacred eye of the burning sun. But for my fate no tear is shed, no friend moans in sorrow.


nanto look up at this sacred eye of the burning sun. But for my fate no tear is shed, no friend moans in sorrow.


nanto look up at this sacred eye of the burning sun. But for my fate no tear is shed, no friend moans in sorrow.


nanCREON: Know ye not that songs and wailings before death would never cease, if it profited to utter them? Away with her-away! And when ye have enclosed her, according to my word, in her vaulted grave, leave her alone, forlorn-whether she wishes to die, or to live a buried life in such a home. Our hands are clean as touching this maiden. But this is certain-she shall be deprived of her sojourn in the light. ANTIGONE: Tomb, bridal-chamber, eternal prison in the caverned rock, whither go to find mine own, those many who have perished, and whom Persephone hath received among the dead! Last of all shall I pass thither, and far most miserably of all, before the term of my life is spent. But I cherish good hope that my coming will be welcome to my father, and pleasant to thee, my mother, and welcome, brother, to thee; for, when ye died, with mine own hands I washed and dressed you, and poured drink-offerings at your graves; and now, Polyneices, 'tis for tending thy corpse that I win such recompense as this. And yet I honoured thee, as the wise will deem, rightly. Never, had been a mother of children, or if a husband had been mouldering in death, would I have taken this task upon me in the city's despite. What law, ye ask, is my warrant for that word? The husband lost, another might have been found, and child from another, to replace the first-born: but, father and mother hidden with Hades, no brother's life could ever bloom for me again. Such was the law whereby I held thee first in honour; but Creon deemed me guilty of error therein, and of outrage, ah brother mine! And now he leads me thus, a captive in his hands; no bridal bed, no bridal song hath been mine, no joy of marriage, no portion in the nurture of children; but thus, forlorn of friends, unhappy one, I go living to the vaults of death. And what law of heaven have I transgressed? Why, hapless one, should I look to the gods any more,-what ally should I invoke,-when by piety I have earned the name of impious? Nay, then, if these things are pleasing to the gods, when I have suffered my doom, I shall come to know my sin; but if the sin is with my judges, I could wish them no fuller measure of evil than they, on their part, mete wrongfully to me. CHORUS: Still the same tempest of the soul vexes this maiden with the same fierce gusts. CREON: Then for this shall her guards have cause to rue their slowness. ANTIGONE: Ah me! that word hath come very near to death. CREON: I can cheer thee with no hope that this doom is not thus to be fulfilled. ANTIGONE: O city of my fathers in the land of Thebes! O ye gods, eldest of our race!-they lead me henc — now, now-they tarry not! Behold me, princes of Thebes, the last daughter of the house of your kings,-see what I suffer, and from whom, because I feared to cast away the fear of Heaven! (ANTIGONE is led away by the guards.) CHORUS (singing) strophe 1 Even thus endured Danae in her beauty to change the light of day for brass-bound walls; and in that chamber, secret as the grave, she was held close prisoner; yet was she of a proud lineage, O my daughter, and charged with the keeping of the seed of Zeus, that fell in the golden rain. But dreadful is the mysterious power of fate: there is no deliverance from it by wealth or by war, by fenced city, or dark, sea-beaten ships. antistrophe 1 And bonds tamed the son of Dryas, swift to wrath, that king of the Edonians; so paid he for his frenzied taunts, when, by the will of Dionysus, he was pent in a rocky prison. There the fierce exuberance of his madness slowly passed away. That man learned to know the god, whom in his frenzy he had provoked with mockeries; for he had sought to quell the god-possessed women, and the Bacchanalian fire; and he angered the Muses that love the flute. strophe 2 And by the waters of the Dark Rocks, the waters of the twofold sea, are the shores of Bosporus, and Thracian Salmydessus; where Ares, neighbour to the city, saw the accurst, blinding wound dealt to the two sons of Phineus by his fierce wife,-the wound that brought darkness to those vengeance-craving orbs, smitten with her bloody hands, smitten with her shuttle for a dagger. antistrophe 2 Pining in their misery, they bewailed their cruel doom, those sons of a mother hapless in her marriage; but she traced her descent from the ancient line of the Erechtheidae; and in far-distant caves she was nursed amid her father's storms, that child of Boreas, swift as a steed over the steep hills, a daughter of gods; yet upon her also the gray Fates bore hard, my daughter. (Enter TEIRESIAS, led by a Boy, on the spectators' right.)


nanDo you not know that dirges and wailing before death would never be given up, if it were allowed to make them freely?


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Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
actors, and aeschylus Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 699
actors Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 482
aeschylus, and actors Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 699
amoiboion Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 719
antigone, responsibility for antigone's suffering" Budelmann, The Language of Sophocles: Communality, Communication, and Involvement (1999) 176, 177, 178, 179
antigone Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 482, 488
antigone (euripides) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 482
antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 482, 488
apolōla Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 758
aristophanes, and antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 482
characters, of antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 482
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
chorus, antigone Budelmann, The Language of Sophocles: Communality, Communication, and Involvement (1999) 176, 177, 178, 179
commoi, examples of Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 719
daimon Budelmann, The Language of Sophocles: Communality, Communication, and Involvement (1999) 177
dialogue, sung Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 758
electra, and orestes Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 758
emotions, of antigone Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 488
episodes, of antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 488
eulogy, of human beings Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 488
euripides, and antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 482
euripides, and political as opposed to rhetorical tragedy Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 278
general parodos, of antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 482
gods, difficult to hold responsible Budelmann, The Language of Sophocles: Communality, Communication, and Involvement (1999) 176, 177, 178, 179
orestes, and electra Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 758
paean, to human beings Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 488
prologue, of antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 482
recognition scene Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 758
sequence, mythic, of antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 482
seven against thebes (aeschylus), and antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 482
singing, of actors Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 699
sophocles, and rhetoric/tragedy as a rhetorical form Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 278
spectators, text uncertain Budelmann, The Language of Sophocles: Communality, Communication, and Involvement (1999) 177
stasima, of antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 488
structure, of antigone (sophocles)' Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 488
structure, of antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 482