Antigone

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GLOSSARY

AKHERON: River in Epirus in northwestern Greece, supposed to lead to the Underworld. Popular etymology connected it with the Greek word akhos (“woe”) as the “river of sorrow.”

AMPHION: Early mythical king of Thebes, who helps build the city by the power of his magical lyre that causes the stones to leap spontaneously into their places in the walls. He is the husband of Niobe (q.v.).

ANTIGONE: Incestuously born daughter of the former king of Thebes, Oidipous, and his wife (and mother) Iokaste, and sister of Ismene, Eteokles, and Polyneikes (qq.v.). She is betrothed to Kreon's son, Haimon (q.v.).

APHRODITE: Olympian goddess of love. Often regarded as the mother of the god Eros, the personified force of erotic desire.

ARES: Olympian god, son of Zeus and Hera. The god of war, he is often imagined as violent and destructive and so is associated by the early Greeks with Thrace and the warlike Thracians.

ARGOS (ADJ., ARGIVE): Major city of northern Peloponnesos and the ally of Polyneikes (q.v.) in his attempt to overthrow his brother, Eteokles (q.v.), and win back the throne of Thebes.

ATHENA: See PALLAS.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Editors' Foreword v
  • Preface viii
  • Contents ix
  • Antigone *
  • Introduction 3
  • On the Translation 37
  • Antigone 51
  • Characters 52
  • Notes on the Text 117
  • Appendix 1 - The Date of Antigone 183
  • Appendix 2 - The Myth of Antigone, to the End of the Fifth Century Bce 184
  • Appendix 3 - The Transmission of the Text 187
  • Glossary 189
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 197
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