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Philologus

Zeitschrift für antike Literatur und ihre Rezeption / A Journal for Ancient Literature and its Reception

Ed. by Föllinger, Sabine / Fuhrer, Therese / Reinhardt, Tobias / Stenger, Jan / Vöhler, Martin


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Volume 157, Issue 2

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ANTIGONE’S LANGUAGE OF DEATH AND POLITICS IN THE ANTIGONE OF SOPHOCLES

Giulia Maria Chesi
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Published Online: 2014-01-09 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/phil.2013.0018

Abstract

In this essay, I argue that Antigone talks about the transgression of the edict and about her death as an issue within the politics of Thebes. As Antigone’s appropriation of key-words such as φίλος, έχθρός, φιλία, δίκη, ἄρχεΐν and νόμος shows, the heroine displays a political understanding of her own acts in several passages of the play (Ant. 7-10, 26-36, 86-87 and 93-94 in Antigone’s first verbal exchange with Ismene; Ant. 508-509 and 523 in the stichomythia between Creon and Antigone; Ant. 806-816, 842-849 and 937-943 in Antigone’s farewell speeches; Ant. 902-907 in Antigone’s defence speech). In my reading, Antigone’s political representation of her deeds is deeply rooted in her view of death as a free choice.

Keywords: Antigone; Creon; polis; law; death

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    Published Online: 2014-01-09

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    Citation Information: Philologus, Volume 157, Issue 2, Pages 223–236, ISSN (Online) 2196-7008, ISSN (Print) 0031-7985, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/phil.2013.0018.

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