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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521134781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521134781
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,045,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Sophocles' Antigone comes alive in this new translation that will be useful for both academic study and stage production. Diane Rayor's accurate yet accessible translation reflects the play's inherent theatricality. She provides an analytical introduction and comprehensive notes, and the edition includes an essay by director Karen Libman.

About the Author

Diane Rayor is Professor of Classics at Grand Valley State University, where she teaches ancient Greek, mythology, women in antiquity, the classical world, and a classical theatre workshop in the department she co-founded in 2000. Her translations of Greek poetry include Homeric Hymns (2004) and Sappho's Lyre: Archaic Lyric and Women Poets of Ancient Greece (1991); excerpts appear in numerous anthologies, including Norton's Greek Poets (2009). She earned a PhD (1987) from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a BA (1980) from Colorado College. New translations of Euripides' Medea and Sappho's poetry are in progress.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PB on February 7, 2013
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It's been some years since I've read the traditional translations of this great play, but I found Professor Rayor's translation to be an elegant, very readable translation. I also found the introduction to ancient Greek tragedy, including the details of how the plays would have been performed, to be a helpful refresher, providing a historical and visual context for how the play would be performed. After all, it is a play: Aristotle (if I recall correctly) to the contrary, performance is critical. I appreciated Karen Libman's director's note on the initial performance based on this translation. I would like to have seen this, but I will keep my eyes open for a future performance somewhere.
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