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Classical Mythology. a daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta who defied her uncle, King Creon, by performing funeral rites over her brother, Polynices, and was condemned to be immured alive in a cave.
(italics) a tragedy (c440 b.c.) by Sophocles.
Historical Examples

“You look tired, Antigone,” said Emma to her nearest neighbour, a pale girl of eighteen.
Our Little Lady Emily Sarah Holt

Did you put it into his head to paint me as Antigone, that he might have my likeness for this?
Romola George Eliot

Antigone, with a woman’s instinct, entreats him to choose the only way still left of safety.
Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol I of 2) John Addington Symonds

Antigone would think she was in prison, to be used like that.
Our Little Lady Emily Sarah Holt

Thus the Antigone carries us beyond the region of hereditary disaster into the more universal sphere of ethical casuistry.
Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol I of 2) John Addington Symonds

In this act of holy devotion Antigone succeeded; Polynikes was buried.
Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15) Charles Morris

Inhumanity: even in the “Antigone,” even in Goethe’s “Iphigenia.”
We Philologists, Volume 8 (of 18) Friedrich Nietzsche

Sophocles, the dramatist, puts noble words into the mouth of Antigone.
Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15) Charles Morris

He had endeavoured to make “the inward, unwritten law,” of which Antigone speaks, the source of every outward moral law.
Main Currents in Nineteenth Century Literature, Vol. III (of 6) The Reaction in France Georg Brandes

Antigone, Juliet and Robinson Crusoe were all the victims of accident.
The Life of Bret Harte Henry Childs Merwin

(Greek myth) daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, who was condemned to death for cremating the body of her brother Polynices in defiance of an edict of her uncle, King Creon of Thebes

daughter of Oedipus, her name may mean “in place of a mother” in Greek, from anti- “opposite, in place of” (see anti-) + gone “womb, childbirth, generation,” from root of gignesthai “to be born” related to genos “race, birth, descent” (see genus).
Antigone [(an-tig-uh-nee)]

In classical mythology, a daughter of King Oedipus. Her two brothers killed each other in single combat over the kingship of their city. Although burial or cremation of the dead was a religious obligation among the Greeks, the king forbade the burial of one of the brothers, for he was considered a traitor. Antigone, torn between her religious and legal obligations, disobeyed the king’s order and buried her brother. She was then condemned to death for her crime.

Note: The Greek playwright Sophocles tells her story in Antigone, a play that deals with the conflict between human laws and the laws of the gods.

Antigone [(an-tig-uh-nee)]

A tragedy by Sophocles. It concerns the punishment of Antigone for burying her brother, an act that was forbidden because he had rebelled against his own city. Antigone argues that the burial is required by divine law as opposed to human law.


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