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By Sophocles
Translated by Neil Curry
Series: Drama Classics
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781854592002, 80 pages, April 2001


The first great 'resistance' drama - and perhaps the definitive Greek tragedy. Creon, the King of Thebes, has forbidden the burial of Antigone's brother because he was put to death as a traitor to the crown. Despite being engaged to Creon's son Haemon, Antigone disobeys the King and buries her brother. Enraged, Creon condemns Antigone to death and buries her alive in a cave. The prophet Teiresias warns Creon against such rash actions, and eventually Creon relents – but when he goes to release Antigone it is too late: she has already hanged herself. Translated and introduced by Marianne McDonald.