Burial at Thebes by Seamus Heaney
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Burial at Thebes
By Seamus Heaney

The Burial at Thebes

A Version of Sophocles' Antigone

Translated by See other recent books by Seamus Heaney
By (author) Sophocles See other recent books by Sophocles
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Burial at Thebes by Seamus Heaney

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In this outstanding new translation, commissioned by Ireland's renowned Abbey Theatre to commemorate its centenary, Seamus Heaney exposes the darkness and the humanity in Sophocles' masterpiece, and inks it with his own modern and masterly touch.Sophocles' play, first staged in the fifth century B.C., stands as a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's security. During the War of the Seven Against Thebes, Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, learns that her brothers have killed each other, having been forced onto opposing sides of the battle. When Creon, king of Thebes, grants burial of one but not the "treacherous" other, Antigone defies his order, believing it her duty to bury all of her close kin. Enraged, Creon condemns her to death, and his soldiers wall her up in a tomb. While Creon eventually agrees to Antigone's release, it is too late: She takes her own life, initiating a tragic repetition of events in her family's history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780374530075
ISBN-10: 0374530076
Format: Paperback / softback
(218mm x 133mm x 7mm)
Pages: 79
Imprint: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. His poems, plays, translations, and essays include "Opened Ground," "Electric Light," "Beowulf," "The Spirit Level," "District and Circle," and "Finders Keepers." Robert Lowell praised Heaney as the "most important Irish poet since Yeats."

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