Welcome to Colonus: The Theban Plays of Sophocles

By |2018-11-21T08:38:37-05:00August 13th, 2018|

I’m uncertain of the joy of reading the Theban plays of Sophocles—the story is just too monstrous—but in accord with the awe. This translation conveys it… Sophocles: The Theban Plays, translated by David R. Slavitt (256 pages, Yale University Press, 2009) This is the most stripped-down version of the three Theban plays of Sophocles [...]

Fit for the World

By |2017-08-22T07:58:24-05:00May 22nd, 2017|

Your world needs you; it needs your desire to understand it, your openness to what it has to teach you, your acceptance of its imperfections, and your sincere wish and best efforts to be useful to it because you care for it as it has cared for you, however unconscious that care may have [...]

Russell Kirk, Antigone, and the Moral Imagination

By |2014-01-17T14:01:04-05:00December 14th, 2011|

In a generation like ours, which has forgotten the natural law and has knelt to Leviathan, Antigone takes on a meaning little understood during the nineteenth century. . . . There exist in human nature, common to the Greeks of the fifth century and to us, certain constant qualities.  Of these qualities, among the [...]