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Antigone by Sophocles: Creon laments his son and wife (audio)

Antigone by Sophocles: Creon laments his son and wife (audio)
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Key Info
  • Antigone by Sophocles: Creon laments his son and wife (audio)
  • Duration: 03:29
  • King Creon laments the death of his son Haemon and then receives the news of his wife's suicide. King Creon calls for someone to kill him in his grief, fully accepting his blame for their deaths. Creon, supported by the Chorus, expresses how his personal blindness and egotism have led to his fate and downfall. This is an extract from a radio dramatisation, translated by Timberlake Wertenbaker.
  • Subject:

    Classical Studies

       Topic:

    Drama

  • Keywords: Antigone, Creon, Thebes, Sophocles, Greek Tragedy, Ancient Greece, Oedipus
Ideas for use in class
  • Students can experience the material beyond the text and can therefore consider the development of King Creon's character and fate. The conclusion of the extract discusses the key themes of blindness and fate.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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