Sophocles: Antigone

Sophocles’ Antigone is probably the most widely read and performed of all Greek tragedies, and its themes and conflicts resonate powerfully into the modern era. In this new edition, Mark Griffith combines sophisticated literary and cultural interpretation with close attention to language, metre, and issues of performance, and thus makes the play more fully available to readers of Greek than ever before. The introduction requires no knowledge of Greek and will interest all students of drama and literature.

• Antigone is a very popular tragedy and is often read and performed • Mark Griffith’s edition of Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound has sold over 3,800 paperbacks and has been widely praised • The introduction needs no Greek and discusses issues interesting to students of drama and classical civilisation generally


Introduction: 1. Sophocles and Athens; 2. The story of Antigone; 3. Structure, dramatic technique, style; 4. The production; 5. The meaning of the play; 6. The transmission of the text; Antigone; Commentary.