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Friday 3/4 Antigone and the Theban Cycle The myth of the sons of Oedipus o The Phonecian Women o Already discussed in the Iliad o Myth of the “7 against Thebes” very old o No mention of Oedipus having any daughters before 467 BC, when at the end of Aesculus “7 against Thebes” they show up to lament the loss of their brothers Antigone possibly a new myth, added on to ancient story Potentially made up by Sophocles himself, 440 BC Antigone and the Theban Cycle o Summary in Apolodorous: Antigone stole body of Polyneices and buried it. Caught by Creon, she was buried alive in his tomb. Hangs herself instead of starving to death. o In Euripides version: Antigone is rescued in time and she marries him and has a son. Happily ever after Romanticized version, “the power of true love” o Conflict: Question of burial rites Already encountered in Ajax should he be buried or not? Decision only concerned former Conrad turned enemy In Antigone, Polyneices is an enemy of the city but also part of Creon’s family Creon is within his rights as king of Thebes is forbidding the burial of traitor who came to set the city, common practice However as role as oldest surviving member to rule in family, responsible to make sure deceased members of family get proper burial rites Conflict between role as king and role as family Echoes conflict of Phonecian Women (family vs. city)
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2011 for the course CLASSICS 40 taught by Professor Erickson during the Winter '07 term at UCSB.

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