5-2-11 - Antigone Antigone First performed in 442 BCE or a...

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Unformatted text preview: Antigone Antigone First performed in 442 BCE or a little earlier The earliest of Sophocles' three Theban plays:- Antigone ~442 BCE- Oedipus Tyrannus ~429 BCE- Oedipus at Colonus ~406 BCE (performed posthumously, in 401 BCE) Not a trilogy- Three plays on similar subjects While he surely had the prior play in mind when writing the next, he is not constrained by this (e.g. O at C and Anti contradict) The Time-line We can reconstruct a time-line from the plays, even if they are not all 'the same.'- Oedipus Tyrannus- Polynices and Eteocles grow up, displace Creon- Oedipus in exile (by his sons?), dead Oedipus at Colonus- Polynices forced or chooses to leave Thebes- Gathers an army and invades, kills Eteocles - Then the Antigone The Question Antigone and Ismene- Shouldn't Polynices be buried? (27)- Why Polynices should (ideally) be buried e.g. Elpenor, Odyssey Book 11: gods' anger- Antigone's treatment of Ismene (85)- Ismene's personality; Antigone's personality...
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This note was uploaded on 12/26/2011 for the course CLASSICS 101 taught by Professor Benjaminmcclosky during the Spring '11 term at Ohio State.

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5-2-11 - Antigone Antigone First performed in 442 BCE or a...

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