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1. Historical Context
About this Lecture
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.
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.
Since being awarded the Hellenic Foundation Prize for her Oxford doctorate (1988), Edith has held posts at Cambridge, Oxford, Durham and London Universities. She has published twenty books. She is Co-Founder and Consultant Director of the Archive of Performances of Greek & Roman Drama at Oxford and Chairman of the Gilbert Murray Trust. She has won funding for research from the AHRB, the AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, and has just been awarded a Humboldt Research Prize. She appears regularly on BBC Radio, and has acted as consultant to professional productions of ancient drama at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Northern Broadsides, Theaterkombinat and other professional companies.
Cite this Lecture
Hall, E. (2018, August 15). Sophocles: Antigone - Historical Context [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/sophocles-antigone/historical-context-25664f68-4077-474b-b6d1-360e8290f899
Hall, Edith. "Sophocles: Antigone – Historical Context." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/sophocles-antigone/historical-context-25664f68-4077-474b-b6d1-360e8290f899