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George Steiner

Print publication date: 1986

Print ISBN-13: 9780192819345

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192819345.001.0001

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Chapter Three

Chapter Three

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George Steiner

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In order to comprehend classical Greek texts or any other text that is set in a language that could be compared to the formally and density of that used in Sophocles' Antigone would entail utilizing a great deal of both inaccessibility and immediacy in order to attain a certain degree of stability. Although this sort of approach may shed light on the text's general meaning, such an endeavour will only yield temporary results because of the varied perceptions and uncertainties that one may experience in analysing this complex work. Understanding the tragedy requires both a present and historical dynamic. This chapter attempts to point out that understanding what Antigone aims to portray could be modified by certain pressures depending on the social style, politics, and other such elements that may affect one's construal of the play.

Keywords:   Greek texts, language, Antigone, inaccessibility, immediacy, stability, dynamic, social style, politics, understanding

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