Guide to Sophocles' Antigone: A Student Edition with Commentary, Grammatical Notes, & Vocabulary

Guide to Sophocles' Antigone: A Student Edition with Commentary, Grammatical Notes, & Vocabulary

Guide to Sophocles' Antigone: A Student Edition with Commentary, Grammatical Notes, & Vocabulary

Guide to Sophocles' Antigone: A Student Edition with Commentary, Grammatical Notes, & Vocabulary

Synopsis

Designed primarily to be used alongside a standard school text of the Antigone, this first extensive commentary since the Jebb 1891 edition represents a new concept in text commentary. The work is built around seven selected passages specifically chosen to illustrate the poet's diction, the play's ironic structure, and the antagonists' character. Grammatical notes, a comprehensive commentary on the literary, philosophical, and historical aspects of the play, and a vocabulary to all the Greek words that appear in the play are designed to acquaint the intermediate student of Greek with the peculiarities of tragic diction and vocabulary.

Excerpt

This Guide to Sophocles' "Antigone" IS AN INTRODUCTION to the vagaries of Greek tragedy and is part of an experiment in a new kind of classical text-commentary. The primary audience is the student who has some rudimentary knowledge of Greek and who wants to learn to read a drama in the original. There are extensive philological, literary, historical, and cultural aids. These materials are provided only for seven passages from the play so as to encourage students to graduate as soon as possible to an annotated school edition for the rest of the play. For these passages, there are stylistic introductions to the art and thought of Sophocles, line-by-line Commentary, Grammatical Notes, and a Vocabulary. I hope the selective but in-depth analysis of these passages will deepen the students' interest in the play and provide stimulus for their subsequent reading of the entire Sophoclean corpus.

There is, too, another wider and more amorphous audience for this book. I refer to those who come to it after studying my Bilingual Selections from Sophocles' "Antigone." Bilingual Selections is addressed to students who know little or no Greek but who want to study a classical play in depth; to students who want to learn some Greek while studying a great classic; to students of comparative literature; and to the general reader who may well be enticed like Lucretius' reader by the honey on the rim of the cup to drink the curative wormwood in the cup, i.e., to drink large dosages of philology in order to penetrate this great work of art.

Therefore, this Guide is designed to be used in one of at least two ways. In the first place, intermediate Greek students may use the Grammatical Notes and Commentary alongside the Pearson text of the play or an annotated school text. They will become acquainted with the large philosophical and literary issues that the play raises, by studying the introductions and the commentaries ; they will become acquainted with the pecularities of tragic diction and vocabulary through studying the Grammatical Notes and the Vocabulary. Secondly, non-Greek readers may use the same . . .

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