Thursday, May 15, 2014

Peikoff on Antigone

On advice from a friend, I checked out the pricing of Leonard Peikoff's lecture series: Eight Great Plays. It can now be had for about 8 bucks. It used to cost a lot more. So I bought it, and have been listening to his discussion of Antigone.

What I enjoy most, I have to say, is just his enthusiasm for the character of Antigone. From the first time I read the play, I have been enthralled with her.

I was grimly amused that he found it necessary to lecture the audience that respect for the bodies of the dead is a rational and virtuous concern.

So he explains
that human remains
are more than mere meat
to be left on the street.

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