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Historical Context

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Sophocles: Antigone

In this course, Professor Edith Hall (King’s College, London) explores Sophocles’ great tragedy, Antigone. Having situated the play in its historical and geographical context, we spend some time introducing the key characters in the play—the two sisters, Antigone and Ismene, their uncle (and ruler of Thebes) Creon, and his son, Haemon. After that, we focus on some of the key themes in the play—politics, ethics and gender—before ending with a brief discussion on the staging of the play.

Historical Context

In this module, we think about the historical context the play, including the possible date for the play, as well as Sophocles’ own life, career, and preoccupations when it came to writing tragedy.

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Hall, E. (2018, August 15). Sophocles: Antigone - Historical Context [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Prof. Edith Hall

Prof. Edith Hall

Durham University