- 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.
Examples from the Web for antigone
Did you put it into his head to paint me as Antigone, that he might have my likeness for this?Romola
Antigone and Ismene then enter, each bewailing the death of their brothers.
Antigone would think she was in prison, to be used like that.Our Little Lady
Emily Sarah Holt
Sophocles, the dramatist, puts noble words into the mouth of Antigone.
In this act of holy devotion Antigone succeeded; Polynikes was buried.
- 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
Word Origin and History for antigone
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.