Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Ἀντιγόνη [Antigónē]; Latin Antigona, Antigone)

A. Myth

A. is the daughter of Oedipus and his mother Jocasta, and sister of Eteocles, Polyneices and Ismene. Eteocles and Polyneices kill each other in the war for dominion over Thebes. Creon, who inherits the throne as Jocasta’s brother, orders the former to be buried with honour as the defender of the city, while forbidding the burial of the aggressor Polyneices. The defiance of this ban lies at the centre of the myth of A. In Sophocles’ Antigone, the protagonist scatters the a…

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Söffner, Jan, “Antigone”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 14 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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