Pericles’ had once claimed that Athens was a paragon for the rest of Greece. That they should follow in Athens footsteps. However, in years to come, many prominent intellectuals would disagree with the notion that Athens was a beacon of light and justice for all of Greece. Indeed, these scholars exposed Athens weaknesses on a grand scale. In his tragedy, Antigone, Sophocles weaves a tale that can be, in many ways, applied to the problems Athens was having with nomos. The play takes place in Thebes, not Athens, as a precaution against appearing too obvious. The king of Thebes is a man named Creon. Note the irony that Creon in Greek means powerful. Thus, Creon is a metaphor for political power, aka. Athen’s ideal of nomos. The things which Creon does when he feels that he was been wronged are dramatically emphasized. He is rash and he jumps to conclusions, not listening to both sides. This is beginning to sound very much like the Athenian Assembly, where the people make rash decisions without logically thinking. (Mytilene. Greeks
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