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Chapter One

George Steiner

in Antigones

Published in print January 1986 | ISBN: 9780192819345
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670503 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192819345.003.0001
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Various Europeans scholars, poets, and philosophers who lived during the period between 1790 and 1905 would all agree that, aside from how Sophocles' Antigone was the best of Greek tragedies, this tragedy is the closest to perfection than any other work of art created by the human spirit can get. As Athens during the 5th-century facilitated the emergence of thoughts and discussions about the pre-eminence of man, his genius was recognized in terms of poetic, philosophic, and political matters. Ideas from Romantic movements, German Idealism, and the historiography of Freud and Marx's mythography, and other such concerns were given focus in Athens. This chapter discusses how Sophocles was able to gain superiority over other Greek tragedians in his expressions of ideas regarding Idealist and Romantic concepts.

Keywords: European scholars; Athens; Sophocles; Antigone; Greek tragedies; Greek Idealism; Romantic movements

Chapter.  40955 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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