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Antigones

George Steiner

Abstract

This book examines the far-reaching legacy of one of the great myths of classical antiquity. According to Greek legend, Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, secretly buried her brother in defiance of the orders of Creon, King of Thebes. Creon sentenced Antigone to death, but, before the order could be executed, she committed suicide. The theme of the conflict between Antigone and Creon — between the state and the individual, between young and old, between men and women — has captured the Western imagination for more than 2,000 years. Antigone and Creon are as alive in the politics and poetics of our ... More

Keywords: Greek myths, classical antiquity, Greek legend, Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, Creon, King of Thebes, suicide, ancient Athens

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1986 Print ISBN-13: 9780192819345
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192819345.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Steiner, author