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Antigone (Classic Reprint)


Aeschylus only one actor was employed, and in this play we find Creon (1G2, 766, 1091), and afterwards the messenger (1155, 1244), alone upon the stage in a colloquy with the Chorus. The third actor was introduced first by Sophocles. In the Antigone the three actors are together on the stage only in the second epeis'odion, and even there only two persons at a time (not counting the Chorus) are engaged in the dialogue; the guard remains silent as soon as Antigone begins to speak, and so does Antigone when words pass betweeii Ismene and Creon. The parodos contains anapaestic verses, the regular rhythm in Greek marches, and states the occasion of the entrance of the Chorus. This is the old form. The Chorus announces the entrance of all the principal persons, except in the case of Tiresias. The anapaestic and iambic verses that conclude mclic strophes are likewise in strophic correspondence. Sophocles has avoided only in this play a change of speaker within the life.

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