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A verse translation by David Mulroy, with introduction and notes

Wisconsin Studies in Classics
Patricia A. Rosenmeyer, Laura McClure, and Mark Stansbury-O’Donnell, Series Editors


“This version is far superior to any translation of the Antigone known to me. For the modern reader, the Antigone is now a rich and rewarding play in English.”
—Robert J. Rabel, author of Plot and Point of View in the Iliad

Sophocles’ Antigone ranks with his Oedipus Rex as one of world literature’s most compelling dramas. The action is taut, and the characters embody universal tensions: the conflict of youth with age, male with female, the state with the family. Plot and character come wrapped in exquisite language. Antagonists trade polished speeches, sardonic jibes, and epigrammatic truisms and break into song at the height of passion.

David Mulroy’s translation of Antigone faithfully reproduces the literal meaning of Sophocles’ words while also reflecting his verbal pyrotechnics. Using fluid iambic pentameters for the spoken passages and rhyming stanzas for the songs, it is true to the letter and the spirit of the great Greek original.

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David Mulroy professor of classics at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, has published two other translated collections, Early Greek Lyric Poetry and Horace’s Odes and Epodes. His translations of Oedipus Rex and Oedipus Rex: A Dramatized Audiobook are also published by the University of Wisconsin Press.


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Sophocles (ca. 497/6 B.C.E.–407/6 B.C.E.) was the most acclaimed dramatist of his era, winning more than twenty festival competitions in ancient Athens. He is believed to have written 123 plays, but only seven have survived in complete form. His life spanned the rise and fall of the Athenian Empire.




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The Complete Poetry of Catullus
Translated and with commentary by David Mulroy

February 2013
LC: 2012015581 PA
158 pp.   5 x 8

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