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Sophocles, Antigone 23–5 And The Burial Of Eteocles

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This chapter talks about one of the plays of Sophocles: Antigone. It deals specifically with the lines 23-5 of the play, and the burial of Eteocles. Compound corruption confronts us in the opening lines of Antigone, and there is further compound corruption at lines 23-5 in Antigone's third speech to Ismene. Editorial attention has focussed on the certainly corrupt phrasing in 23-4; but there has been little or no discussion of the associated statement that Creon has already buried Eteocles. 'Dramatic necessity' is sometimes appealed to as the explanation of implausible narrative features, and it is arguably convenient that the burial of Eteocles should be dealt with expeditiously in order that attention may be focussed exclusively on the forbidden burial of Polynices. Incongruities may alternatively or additionally be defended with pleas that they may pass unnoticed in performance.

Keywords: Antigone 23-5; burial of Eteocles; burial of Polynices; Sophocles



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