Start reading The Burial at Thebes: Sophocles' Antigone on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
The Burial at Thebes: Sophocles' Antigone
 
 

The Burial at Thebes: Sophocles' Antigone [Kindle Edition]

Seamus Heaney
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £9.99
Kindle Price: £5.99 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £4.00 (40%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £5.99  
Hardcover --  
Paperback £6.99  
Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: At least 60% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Purchase any Kindle Book sold by Amazon.co.uk and receive £1 credit to try out our Digital Music Store. Here's how (terms and conditions apply)


Product Description

Product Description

Commissioned to mark the centenary of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 2004, The Burial at Thebes is Seamus Heaney's new verse translation of Sophocles' great tragedy, Antigone - whose eponymous heroine is one of the most sharply individualized and compelling figures in Western drama. Faithful to the 'local row' and to the fierce specificity of the play's time and place, The Burial at Thebes honours the separate and irreconcilable claims of its opposed voices, as they enact the ancient but perennial conflict between family and state in a time of crisis, pitching the morality of private allegiance against that of public service. Above all, The Burial at Thebes honours the sovereign urgency and grandeur of the Antigone, in which language speaks truth to power, then and now.

From the Back Cover

Commissioned to mark the centenary of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 2004, ‘The Burial at Thebes' is Seamus Heaney's new verse translation of Sophocles' great tragedy, ‘Antigone' - whose eponymous heroine is one of the most sharply individualized and compelling figures in western drama. Faithful to the 'local row' and to the fierce specificity of the play's time and place, ‘The Burial at Thebes' honours the separate and irreconcilable claims of its opposed voices, as they enact the ancient but perennial conflict between family and state in a time of crisis, pitching the morality of private allegiance against that of public service. Above all, ‘The Burial at Thebes' honours the sovereign urgency and grandeur of Heaney's Sophoclean original, in which language speaks truth to power, then and now.

Product details


More About the Author

Seamus Heaney was born in County Derry in Northern Ireland in 1939. Death of a Naturalist, his first collection of poems, appeared in 1966 and since then he has published poetry, criticism and translations - including Beowulf (1999) - which established him as one of the leading poets of his generation. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. District and Circle (2006), his eleventh collection, was awarded the T. S. Eliot Prize. Stepping Stones, a book of interviews conducted by Dennis O'Driscoll, appeared in 2008. In 2009 he received the David Cohen Prize for Literature. His twelfth collection of poetry, Human Chain, was published in 2010.

Seamus Heaney died in Dublin on August 30th, 2013

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyed It 8 April 2010
By Amy Connolly VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Heaney's version is easy to read and understand. A truly terrific tale of tragedy, heartbreak, and honour. I really enjoyed reading and studying this play and would recommend it to anyone looking for a moving play to read. It's short and quick and one i'll be rereading.
Was this review helpful to you?
51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fine translation. 23 July 2004
By deadbeat VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Following a battle for supremacy, Eteocles and Polyneices, the two sons of Oedipus, kill each other, leaving Creon, the brother-in-law to Oedipus, as ruler of Thebes. Since Polyneices lead the attacking force against Thebes, Creon labelled him a traitor and denied him any funeral rites. Anyone who countermanded this law would do so on pain of death.
This is the backdrop to The Burial at Thebes, formerly know as Antigone, the last play in the Oedipus trilogy by Sophocles.
It is a play of desperate and wrenching simplicity. The eponymous Antigone, sister of Polyneices, is faced with a choice: to choose between obeying the dictates of family love, in giving burial to her slaughtered brother, or to obey the laws of the state, as represented by King Creon. Her choice is made without hesitation, to honour the dead and defy the state. This is done at a terrible cost. She not only relinquished her own life but also her betrothed's, Haemon son of Creon, who fell on his own sword when he saw her dead. Following Haemon's death, Creon's wife, Euripides, takes up Creon's sword and after cursing her husband kills herself. Creon ends the play a broken man. His pride, his stubbornness in refusing to rescind the death penalty, ultimately cost him his wife and only son.
Many elements of the play lend themselves to modern times and dilemmas, but unlike some other translators, Heaney has the sense to trust in the original, and adds little in the way of anxiously contemporary signposting. He keeps the lines taut and clear, making the effect of this play all the more powerful.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great 9 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
A great translation of classic literature from a poet who himself will be considered as a classic writer.
The play itself is well known, but this translation manages to keep the classic language, and add a modern undertone. This tone never intrudes on the work, but enhances its constant rrelevance.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!! 8 Feb 2012
By Onora
Format:Paperback
I studied this for AA100, Open University. Its protagonists are Antigone and King Creon. King Creon has declared that Antigone's brother Polyneices's corpse be left for the birds and animals to eat (a traitor's burial). However, Antigone wants to honour her brother against the wishes of King Creon. It is a case of family loyalty versus the state with all the ensuing consequences. However, the situation is doubly complex as King Creon is also Antigone's uncle! The Burial at Thebes is a great read with plenty happening to keep readers interested. Heaney's version is excellent and relevant to many historical and contemporary world situations, which is why it is such a classic.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing changes 2 Jun 2011
By Tosca
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Initially purchased for study purposes I found this interpretation of Antigone excellent, extremely readable with some amusing touches, its relevance to present situations is amazing.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A year ago I would have laughed heartily and long if anyone had told me I'd give one of the Classics A 5 star review.

It is one of the book's on the Open University AA100 The Arts past and present module, and I had been ambivalent at best, so when my Amazon package arrived I just thought it would be a quick flick through. How wrong could one girl be?

From the first word I was hooked. Seamus Heaney has done the most excellent job of making this Classic readable, and more importantly understandable and interesting.

I can't wait to get a deeper understanding of the text as my course goes on.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 28 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Gripping story, I was a bit unsure about the injection of modern terms and figures of speech but overall very good
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Got it for OU course 14 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Can't really fault it as I needed it for my OU studies. The play is a great way of putting over an ancient story.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Excellent translation. Would recommend!
Published 7 hours ago by Paul Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product
Published 24 days ago by Leyna51
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very useful for A levels
Published 24 days ago by Siobhan Monaghan
4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating stuff
Well worth a purchase. A lovely, easygoing translation of the classic play by the late Derry man. Short but high quality stuff.
Published 12 months ago by Eoin Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick read
Beautifully written. Did not take long to read the first time but will read again more carefully. Language flows beautifully
Published 12 months ago by sarah skelton
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!
I have to confess I've not read much poetry, but this book I found it easy to read. All about conflict and tragedy within a family( what's new!!)
Published 13 months ago by London Meerkat
5.0 out of 5 stars OU set book
Bought for upcoming OU course. Have had a look through and it would appear to be a very challenging text. Hoping that there will be lots of guidance in how to interpret the text. Read more
Published 13 months ago by The Cool Cookie
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read
The Burial at Thebes was on my list of set books and something I wouldn't have normally purchased. I thought it was an interesting read but it only took me a couple of hours to get... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Alice
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought for university
This book was part of the reading list for university. Wouldn't say I loved reading it though, it was just on my reading list.
Published 14 months ago by L. Holder-Stephenson
5.0 out of 5 stars read
Awesome. I thourghly enjoyed every second of it. a tradegy to read again and again. very short further adding to tits appeal.
Published 15 months ago by Brett Lackey
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category