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Along with Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone forms part of the Oedipus cycle in which Sophocles dramatizes the tragic downfall of the house of Oedipus. The final chapter in the saga, this play follows Oedipus' daughter Antigone who attempts to bury her brother Polyneices in open defiance of an edict issued by Creon, the king of Thebes, forbidding such burial to any traitor to the city. The central issue of the play is the conflict between man-made laws and the laws of the gods.

Although Antigone is the third of the Theban plays in chronological order of events, most scholars believe it was actually written first.

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Along with Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone forms part of the Oedipus cycle in which Sophocles dramatizes the tragic downfall of the house of Oedipus. The final chapter in the saga, this play follows Oedipus' daughter Antigone who attempts to bury her brother Polyneices in open defiance of an edict issued by Creon, the king of Thebes, forbidding such burial to any traitor to the city. The central issue of the play is the conflict between man-made laws and the laws of the gods.

Although Antigone is the third of the Theban plays in chronological order of events, most scholars believe it was actually written first. More...

 
    Sophocles, Greek Playwright
  Sophocles, Greek Playwright
Born in 495 B.C. about a mile northwest of Athens, Sophocles was to become one of the great playwrights of the golden age. The son of a wealthy merchant, he would enjoy all the comforts of a thriving Greek empire. He studied all of the arts. By the a...
 
       
 
         
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