Antigone's Laments, Creon's Grief

  title={Antigone's Laments, Creon's Grief},
  author={Bonnie Honig},
  journal={Political Theory},
  pages={43 - 5}
  • B. Honig
  • Published 1 February 2009
  • Philosophy
  • Political Theory
This paper reads Sophocles' Antigone contextually, as an exploration of the politics of lamentation and larger conflicts these stand for. Antigone defies Creon's sovereign decree that her brother Polynices, who attacked the city with a foreign army and died in battle, be dishonoured - left unburied. But the play is not about Polynices' treason. It explores the clash in 5th century Athens between Homeric/ elite and democratic mourning practices. The former (represented by Antigone) memorialize… Expand

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