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“Surrounded by the light of torches, he stands high on the twin summits of Parnassos, while the Corycian nymphs dance around as Bacchantes, and the waters of Castalia sound from the depths below. Up there in the snow and winter darkness Dionysos rules in the long night, while troops of maenads swarm around him, himself the choir leader for the dance of the fire-breathing stars and quick of hearing for every sound of the night.”—Sophokles, Choral Ode from Antigone (496-406 BCE)
Episode 2 - Many Terribly Quiet Customers
Featuring an excerpt from Antigonick by Anne Carson
Narrated by Brendan Edward Kennedy
Produced by Gabrielle A. Dunkley
Anne Carson offers a re-imagined, visceral portrayal of Sophokles’ probing tragedy. Her verses capture human nature with calculated poignancy. Happy Listening.
I’m seriously considering picking up the continuation of Ismene’s story as a project for 2013.
Ismene being the sister of the lead in the Greek tragedy “Antigone” by Sophokles.
At the end of the story, it’s just her and Kreon. Two broken people who’ve lost just about anything, and who both blame themselves - at least in part - for what happened (at least, that’s how I read it).
We never get to know how their story continues though. That’s what I’m interested: picking up where Sophokles left off.
I could actually see Kreon comitting suicide, after finding both his wife and his son have done the same. But what about Ismene? What happens to her?
Ancient Greek fandom, I don’t know if you exist but just in case you do: any input?
“How is a Greek chorus like a lawyer They're both in the business of searching for a precedent Finding an analogy Locating a prior example So as able to say This terrible thing we're witnessing now is Not unique you know it happened before Or something much like it We're not at a loss how to think about this We're not without guidance There is a pattern We can find an historically parallel case and file it away under Antigone buried alive Friday afternoon Compare case histories 7, 17 and 49 Now I could dig up those case histories”—Anne Carson and Sophokles,Antigonick
“Nothing so evil as money ever grew to be current among men. This lays cities low, this drives men from their homes, this trains and warps honest souls till they set themselves to works of shame; this still teaches folk to practise villainies, and to know every godless deed. ”—http://classics.mit.edu/Sophocles/antigone.html
“in experiencing the contingency of its ethical identity, the subject has to separate itself from its very ethical "nature.' ... Hegel noticed something weird happening to Antigone after she pathetically assumes her fate - to put it bluntly, she starts to act, for her statements display a level of selfawareness and reflexivity about her "role" which undermine her immediate ethical spontaneity from within.”—Slavoj Zizek, Less Than Nothing,
Suture & Object