Antigone by Sophocles


“We have only a little time to please the living. But all eternity to love the dead.” ― Sophocles, Antigone

When Polynices—a military leader in Thebes’s civil war—dies on the battlefield, Thebes’s ruler, Creon, decrees that Polynices’s body will lie unburied and left as prey for the vultures. Antigone, the late warrior’s sister, answering to a higher authority than the state, follows her conscience and breaks the law to bury her brother with the proper rites. “Antigone’s act of civil disobedience urges great upheaval in this timeless play that explores the conflicts that can arise between worldly and divine law, and the questions raised by the idea of individual freedom.”

Explore this book…

Share This