Antigone

The Antigone Meeting: A Dialogue

Two groups of high school students, one in Greece and the other in the United States, performed a selection of Sophocles' Antigone, then met via Google+ Hangout to discuss their experiences of learning and staging this ancient tragedy. The selected passage (lines 441–581) focuses on the highly charged moment when Creon first confronts his niece, Antigone, and accuses her of burying her brother, Polyneices, against his decree. Read more

Deinos in Antigone

In the process of "Hero-izing" the text of Antigone, we were confronted with a word—deinos—that launches the Chorus’ famous ode on man (starting at line 332): "Wonders (ta deina) are many and none more wondrous (deinoteron) than man" (334, Jebb translation). This confident statement about man's achievements shifted and became problematic once we considered that deinos means paradoxically both "wonderful" and "terrible." Read more

Antigone Update—A day devoted to Sophocles’ Antigone

Over the past few weeks, five high school students and a university student have been working with the Center for Hellenic Studies in Nafplion, Greece to rehearse a performance of a key segment of Sophocles' Antigone in ancient Greek. This dedicated team will record their performance of Antigone lines 441–481 at Trianon, a historic building in the city of Nafplion. The resulting video will be available online, and will  also be… Read more

Antigone Project News

Imagine attending the Theater of Dionysos in 442 B.C.E. when Sophocles’ Antigone was first produced.  What did the Ancient Greek sound like?  What emotions did it stir in the audience?  Whose perspective would we share?  Which arguments would sway you? In order to capture the power of the language… Read more