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.
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How to use Antigone in a sentence
We have spoken of the oath upon the sword—the oath of ancient Scythia, the oath of the Antigone of Euripedes.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
His "Antigone" was written when he was forty-five, and when Euripides had already gained a prize.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
So Antigone sadly returned to Athens, and the blind king groped his way among the thick underbrush and fallen trees.Stories of Old Greece and Rome | Emilie Kip Baker
The celebrated tragedy of Antigone, by Sophocles, owes its chief interest and pathos to the popular faith on this subject.Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-lore | Charles Hardwick
Of these, the Œdipus Tyrannus and the Antigone are the most admired.The Student's Mythology | Catherine Ann White
British Dictionary definitions for Antigone
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
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Cultural definitions for Antigone (1 of 2)
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.
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