Burial At Thebes

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    Oedipus and King Lear

    It is several years after OEDIPUS was banished from Thebes, the city he once ruled. The play begins in the GROVE OF THE FURIES at Colonus, which is close to and ruled by the great city of Athens. Oedipus is now a sorry sight, blind and hobbled, dressed in rags, led by his daughter ANTIGONE. OEDIPUS tells ANTIGONE that acceptance is the lesson taught by his suffering. He then asks Antigone to find a place for them to rest, and wonders where they are. Antigone recognizes Athens in the distance, though

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    Antigone vs. Creon: Struggles, Beliefs, and Morals

    itself against the immortal unrecorded laws of God. They are not merely now: they were, and shall be operative forever, beyond man utterly” (Rand, 4). Antigone supports the laws of the God’s in heaven and believes that if someone is not given proper burial rites after death, they will not go to heaven. Her religious views were very important to her and the love for her brother would ultimately sway her decisions to go against the law of the king. Creon’s laws and orders became very personal to Antigone

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    Creon's Tragoc Fall

    king of Thebes, he gradually loses his family, his objectivity, and his power to his stubbornness and hubris that ultimately results in his downfall. Hence, Creon is a tragic hero in the Sophocles’ Antigone because his unbending pride results in tragic downfall as king of Thebes. One way Creon is a tragic hero is through his desire to have unchallenged authority over Thebes. As king of Thebes, Creon maintains his political stance that traitors should not be given the dignity of burial. Thus, he

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    process the king of Thebes. When the truth of this became known to him, he blinded himself. This story is the subject of the first two plays by Sophocles in the Oedipus cycle, Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus. Four children were born of that incestuous marriage–two boys, Eteocles and Polynices, and two girls, Antigone and Ismene. When we join the action here, Antigone’s two brothers, Eteocles and Polynices, have died at each other’s hands, Eteocles while defending Thebes and its new king Creon

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    A Few Good Men (Analysis)

    can be gained if you have a courage to fight for the right thing. This can be compared to the story of Antigone, who defied the law to give his brother Polyneices a proper burial even though he was a traitor to Thebes, Antigone still defied the law because he thinks that it is the right thing to give his brother a proper burial even if she knows that there would be some consequences just like the two defendant who received an order from a superior that is against the law but they still follow the

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    More than any other character in the three plays, she casts serious doubt on Creon’s authority. When she points out that his edicts cannot override the will of the gods or the unshakable traditions of men, she places Creon’s edict against Polynices’ burial in a perspective that makes it seem shameful and ridiculous. Creon sees her words as merely a passionate, wild outburst, but he will ultimately be swayed by the words of Tiresias, which echo those of Antigone. It is important to note, however, that

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    Living in Ancient Egypt at Thebes in 2000 B.C.

     I think we (The American People) have amnesia when it comes to history. We often forget about the past and we very rarely apply what we have learned to future decisions. There are individuals who use their past mistakes as education building blocks. This is true on an individual basis more so than a country basis. When the American people think, they think only of themselves and what’s in it for them. They want it now and not later, they’re not willing to wait. When a politician comes along with

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    Home Burial

    do not show their emotions outwardly. Then there are the women who show their emotions by crying and having outburst of anger. Robert Frost illustrates in his poem “Home Burial” how even though the husband and wife are both grieving for the death of their child, they each handle their grief in different ways. “Home Burial” revolves around a husband and wife who are at opposition over how to deal with the death of their child. The entire scene in the poem takes place on a staircase. At the

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    Mythology Theban Times

    The Theban Times Antigone’s Troubles Antigone has been caught! The brave, young sister of Ismene has been captured in the act of saving her dead brother’s soul. Creon, the King of Thebes, ordered for no one to give Polynices a burial. Antigone broke this law and stole her brother’s body. Citizens of Thebes overheard a conversation between her and her sister, Ismene. Antigone was heard asking her sister a favor. She asked, “Would you help me lift the body…you and me?” (Page 127). In reply, Ismene

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    The Pharaohs of Egypt Old ,middle and New Kingdom pharaohs were responsible for the creation of one of the greatest civilizations in humans history. There contribution’s to art ,artitecture,city planning, and government continue to affect us today .The three pharaohs who had the greatest impact on Egypt were pepi II ,RamessesII, Hatshepsut. The Pharaoh that

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    Antigone Summary

    responsible for the burial of its citizens. Herodotus discussed how members of each city would collect their own dead after a large battle to bury them.[16] In contrast with the Persians who would leave their dead unburied, the Greeks considered burial a sign of recognition of citizenship and affiliation. In Antigone, it is therefore natural that the people of Thebes did not bury the Argives, but very striking that Creon prohibited the burial of Polyneices. Since he is a citizen of Thebes, it would have

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    Antigone Essay

    story. She is an honorable and important person, she has a fearless attitude, and she ends up facing a downfall because of her deeds. Antigone is an honorable and important person in Thebes. She obviously has a very good heart because she has decided to give her brother Polynieces a proper burial even though her uncle, Creon, has forbidden anyone to and has states that if someone does then they will be put to death. Antigone tells her sister, Ismene, "Ismene, I am going to bury him"

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    Oedipus: the Tragic Hero

    as the sole ruler of Thebes. Kings/Dictators are usually looked down upon due to their brash and selfish behavior, but Oedipus is the opposite. A priest say, “Therefore, O mighty power, we turn to you: find us our safety, find us a remedy, whether by counsel of the gods or of men. A king of wisdom tested in the past can act in a time of troubles, and act well. Noblest of men, restore life to your city! “(Sophocles 2) when Oedipus makes a declaration to save the city of Thebes from the ongoing plague

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    picks up where Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes ends. This play is based on the life story of Antigone, the daughter of Oeudipe and Jocaste. It is a legend of her sacrifice for her loved ones, her believes and her honour. Antigone’s brother Polynice had betrayed his country and died during the war. Creon, the king of Thebes had refused to give him a burial. Antigone is outraged by this decision and goes as far as sacrificing her life, to give her brother a burial he deserves. Even law of the king does

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    Citique on Oepidus

    insists that Tiresias tell Thebes what he knows. Provoked by the anger and insults of Oedipus, Tiresias begins to hint at his knowledge. Finally, when Oedipus furiously accuses Tiresias of the murder, Tiresias tells Oedipus that Oedipus himself is the curse.” In this section, the characteristic swiftness of Oedipus’s thought, words, and action begins to work against him. When Tiresias arrives at line 340, Oedipus praises him as an all-powerful seer who has shielded Thebes from many a plague. Only

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    story. She is an honorable and important person, she has a fearless attitude, and she ends up facing a downfall because of her deeds. Antigone is an honorable and important person in Thebes. She obviously has a very good heart because she has decided to give her brother Polynieces a proper burial even though her uncle, Creon, has forbidden anyone to and has states that if someone does then they will be put to death. Antigone tells her sister, Ismene, "Ismene, I am going to bury him"

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    Civil Disobedience

    a traitor because Polynices brought in troops to attack Thebes. Creon does not feel he deserves a proper religious burial; He forbids anyone to burying Polynices. Creon thinks his body should just rot instead. Burial was very important in this time because they believed a proper burial was essential for afterlife. Antigone thinks her brother deserves to be buried and she will not let anything stop her from giving Polynices a proper burial. Antigone is following her moral compass and disregarding

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    Translating Present Dna to Life in 2000 Bc Thebes

    In visualizing myself transporting back in time to 2000 BC Thebes Egypt while maintaining my present genetic composition, gender, family and social status; there would be similarities in addition to advantages and disadvantages. I am a woman, a widow, mother, grandmother, proprietress, and social advocate. I, my son, my daughter, and her twin daughters live within the same household. Each of us inherited equal portions of their father’s estate and my daughter inherited her late husband’s property

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    Egyptian Burial Rites

    The Egyptian's burial rituals were more focus on the path to the after life, than the actual after life itself. There was three different types of burials that was performed based on how affordable it was. Everyone had deserved one, even if you were too poor to pay for one of the three you still was able to have some form of one to go to the afterlife. Even the mourning was dramatic according to Herodotus (413 BCE), they would plaster their faces in mud, leave the dead with relatives and then wear

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    The Certainty of Punishment in Law for the Pursuit of Justice in Antigone and Measure for Measure

    Antigone than in Measure for Measure, retaliation were definitely used as a method of justice. When Antigone buries her dead brother in the story of Sophocles’ Antigone, Creon's immediate response is to have her killed and buried in response to the burial and her defiance to his decree. So, In Measure for Measure, Lord Angelo the temporary leader of Vienna decides that there is too much freedom in Vienna and takes it upon himself to rid the city of brothels and unlawful sexual activity. Laws against

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    role of victim when, in her heart, she knows what is right. Antigone is the daughter of the late king of Thebes, Oedipus. After the death of Oedipus, Etecoles and Polyneices take turns in ruling Thebes, but ultimately die by each other’s sword. Antigone has just learned that Creon, the new king of Thebes (and her uncle), has just issued a law stating that Eteocles will have a proper burial whereas Polyneices, who was considered a traitor, will not be mourned or wept over. He will be left for the

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    The Burial at Thebes

    Bianca Meier C788603X Assignment 06 Option 2 Seamus Heaney’s The Burial at Thebes How does Heaney attempt to make his play, as a reworking of an ancient Greek play written by Sophocles, relevant to a modern audience more than 2000 years later? How far do you think he has succeeded? Seamus Heaney’s The Burial at Thebes is a reworking of Sophocles’ play Antigone from over two thousand years ago. In many ways The Burial at Thebes aims to rework the ancient Greek tragedy to make it relevant to a modern

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    Oedipus Rex Summary

    Oedipus Rex or Oedipus the King Summary When the play opens, Thebes is suffering a plague which leaves its fields and women barren. Oedipus, the king of Thebes, has sent his brother-in-law, Creon, to the house of Apollo to ask the oracle how to end the plague. Creon returns, bearing good news: once the killer of the previous king, Laius, is found, Thebes will be cured of the plague (Laius was Jocasta's husband before she married Oedipus). Hearing this, Oedipus swears he will find the murderer and

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    Antigone vs. Creon

    shows the opposition between human and divine laws that people are forced to choose between. What the reader witnesses in this play is not only a conflict of personalities, but also a clash of principles. Creon, Antigone’s uncle, is also the ruler of Thebes. Creon is viewed as a practical man as he distances himself from the tragic purpose and goals of Oedipus. He states his only interest is in political and social order. Creon represents a political ideal and loyalty to his city. He has organized a

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    Sophocles Antigone

    who have opposing views, but actions depict that if the law contradicts one’s moral duties, then one is justified to act in a manner of disobedience. The tragic Greek playwright Antigone is set in a more traditional era of time, where the city of Thebes is organized completely around religion and there are strict gender roles and expectations the citizens must abide by. Men are socially obliged to take care of the city, whilst women are to be taking care of the household, and more importantly are

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    King Creon

    if thou must; No woman shall be the master while I live.”(522-524). The Greeks held several virtues in high regard. Many characters in the play Antigone, either are an example, or just the opposite, of one or several of the virtues. The ruler of Thebes, King Creon, illustrates several of the Greek virtues throughout the play. The three that the king exhibits rather well are Kalokagathia, Sophrysne, and Arete. Balance can be a difficult thing to not only achieve but more often is even harder to

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    The Burial of Count Orgaz

    “The Burial of Count Orgaz” analysis The Burial of Count Orgaz is a painting by famous renaissance artist El Greco. The painting is sixteen by eleven feet and was drawn with oil on canvas. The painting depicts a burial scene of Count Orgaz and a heaven scene with Christ above them. This painting is the most intriguing for El Greco’s use of two focal points. In El Greco’s career The Burial of Count Orgaz is widely accepted as his greatest work. In describing the painting itself it is divided

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    Secular Organization and Sacred Places Paper

    resurrected Osiris was defeated once again. Egyptian mythology is very helpful in showing different aspects of mankind that are still in this current era of man. The Temple of Karnak was located in the upper parts of the Upper Egyptian city of Thebes. Thebes was the capital and cultural center of the Pharaoh’s empire and called the “city of hundred” gateway. The temple of Karnak is actually three main temples, with smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples located approximately three kilometers

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    Egyptian Religion

    resources were expended on creating prestigious burial places for absolute rulers or wealthy officials. Tombs contained elaborate grave goods (mostly plundered soon after deposition), representations of “daily life,” or less commonly of religious subjects, and some texts that were intended to help the deceased attain the next world and prosper there. The texts came increasingly to be inscribed on coffins and stone sarcophagi or deposited in burials on papyrus. Some royal tombs included long passages

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    Antigone’s loyalty is exemplifying one’s perseverance to clear her family’s name of slander due to the mistakes of her ancestors. When her brother, Polynices, is refused a burial after dying in war, Antigone fearlessly challenges Creon to salvage her brother’s honor knowing the consequences that will follow for defying the Ruler of Thebes. In the Greek tragedy, “Antigone”, by Sophocles, the protagonist must overcome the challenges that lie ahead in order to give the proper respect her brother deserves

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    name name instructor name course name day month, year Antigone Antigone returns to her home city-state of Thebes to discover both of her brothers, Polynices and Eteocles, have murdered each other. Creon, her uncle who is now king, has decreed that no man shall bury Polynices because he has been declared a traitor. Whoever dares to defy the law will be put to death in unimaginably harsh manners

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    A Critique of Antigone

    obeying divine law, and on the other there is Creon who is the enforcer of rule in the city and ignores the laws of the divine. Which system was in the wrong? In the case of Antigone, she is charged with the responsibility of giving the last rights and burial to her brother so that his spirit may move on to the other realm. In everyday circumstance in that time the responsible to bury the dead remained a right and duty of the family unit; however, Antigone’s brother was ruled to be considered an enemy

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    Antigone of Man

    its later phases is no longer about the conflict of law; It is about stubbornness and self will, about the sin of refusing to listen; about a man who has never been told.     Conflict of law, presents the initial disturbance within Thebes. Creon, King of Thebes, refuses to bury the body of Polynices, for in his eyes Polynices is 'his country's enemy' Antigone pg.131. Thus, despite breaking the laws of the gods, Creon holds his power higher than that of God and heavens and enforces his law. As

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    Burial Rites Landscape and Weather

    How does Hannah Kent make the landscape and weather an integral part of the novel? Amidst the journey of the last woman executed in Iceland is the ‘nature [that] is watchful of all of us.’ Kent parallels the protagonist Agnes’ story alongside the force of the harsh Icelandic climate and country that ‘is as awake as you and I’ and often determines key events in the novel. The ominous foreshadowing of death represented in elements of the landscape highlights how the country is an essential aspect

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    Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus Rex and Antigone- Sophocles “Oedipus Rex” and “Antigone”, plays by the Greek playwright Sophocles take place in the land of Thebes and have their central ideas as the question of justice. The two plays have several attributes in common and also have some differences. Both plays fall under the tragedy genre where the respective kings, King Oedipus in “Oedipus Rex” and King Creon in “Antigone”, display lack of justice and get punished as a result. In “Oedipus Rex”, King Oedipus displays

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    fulfilling her role in the burial of her brother. Some major themes that are evident throughout the play is the law of the Gods and man-made law, the abuse of power, and furthermore even though the play is titled Antigone, who’s story is it really? The problem arises when both of Antigone’s brothers Eteocles and Polynices kill each other battling for the throne of Thebes. Creon who is Antigones uncle inherits power and the throne of Thebes, and declares proper burial for Eteocles, but demands

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    Crime & Punishment and the Outsider

    interpreted as an individual in conflict with her society to a certain extent. She can be identified as predominantly rebellious at different times within the play. The gender of Antigone as well as the gender related expectations of the society of Thebes also plays an important part in analysing how Antigone is in conflict with her society. Coupled with exterior factors such as religion, sacrifice, and human law, an audience can make commentary on how Antigone is at conflict with her society, and

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    Antigone, Authoritarianism, and Religion in Leadership

    use his stature as the head of state to further his political purposes, at the expense of religion. Through dictating that Polyneices is “a returned exile,/ who sought to burn with fire top to bottom his native city” and shall not receive a proper burial, Creon uses his political power to humiliate the powers that sought to displace him from office (197-198). This is quite obviously a brutal leadership style, and displays no emotional intelligence. Antigone’s appeal to Creon as a leader invokes

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    Burial Rites

    “Knowing what a person has done, and knowing who a person is, are two different things”. How does Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites provide insight into the experience of Agnes? * * * * * * * * In Burial Rites, Hannah Kent explores the idea that behind even the most heinous of actions, there can be ambiguity; that stories are shaped by self interest, biases and ideologies of the day, which can challenge preconceived beliefs of guilt. Using excerpts from archival material, juxtaposed with

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    Residential Burial Sites

    830793223 Paper 1 Residential Burial Sites Residential Burial Sites Upon conducting my research, I found multiple sites that I will be referencing in my paper. The main purpose of this paper is to inform people about the residential burial methods used in Thailand and Coastal Oaxaca, Mexico. In one of the articles I found it describes residential burials by saying, “Residential burial” or “intramural burial” has often been used to denote subfloor or other types of burials within residential structures

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    Egyptian Burial

    When it comes to ancient burial practices a huge trendsetter would be the ancient Egyptians and there unique and very elaborate tombs. Egyptians had the belief that these tombs were made to protect the bodies and secure the immortality after death. The design of these tomb structures like pyramids and mastabas had a main goal of preserving each corpse of the deceased and the Egyptians in return though this would keep their souls in what they called the “afterlife”, a place you go after you die

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    The Myth of Oedipus

    Ashley Taylor Mrs. Ramsay Honor English II, 1 5 August 2010 The Myth of Oedipus In the country of Greece, there was a city called, Thebes, there lived a king and queen. The king and queen, Laios and Jocasta, had a son, but an oracle predicated that then son would grow up to kill his father then marry his mother. The royal family was scared to have this happen so the family asked a shepherd to take and leave the child to die on a lonely hillside. The shepherd was to kind to do this so, he

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    Creon, the king of Thebes, has granted permission for Eteocles to have a proper burial, but not for Polynices. The Greeks at this time believed that without burial the person’s spirit would not be able to rest and would be a ghost for eternity. Antigone decided that a burial for her brother Polynices was needed even though Creon ordered that it was forbidden. So when the guards weren’t looking, Antigone threw dirt onto her brothers’ dead body so he could have a proper burial so his body could rest

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    Sadness and Tragedy in Antigone and the Things They Carried

    Antigone and her sister are the daughters of Oedipus. Banished from Thebes, Oedipus never got to see his daughters again. Oedipus’ son and Antigone’s brother, Eteocles, takes control of Thebes, and, bitter and angry, his brother Polynices raises an army to march against the city. Both are slain in the ensuing battle. This is where the story of Antigone picks up. Creon, Oedipus’ brother in law and uncle is now King of Thebes. He issues a decree to give funeral honors to Eteocles, but not Polynices

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    Tibetan Sky Burial Culture

    Tibetan Sky Burial Culture Brandon Andres Medicine Hat College IDST 485 – Death and Dying Susan Sverdrup-Phillips Due: March 10, 2014 Word Count = 1985 The most popular method of disposal of the dead in Tibet is a sky burial. This will seem exceedingly savage and disrespectful to many others outside this culture. A sky burial is the funeral and burial process of feeding a dismantled and cut up human corpse to vultures. If one is to fully study the country of Tibet and its peoples’ history

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    The Wrong Kind of Life

    Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald created the English version of “Oedipus Rex” which was about a king that did not know about his identity as a child or who exactly his parents were and was on a mission to find out. Oedipus has been made King of Thebes since Liao’s the former king, had shortly before been killed, Oedipus was honored king by the hand of Queen Iocaste. The new king’s search for the murderer of Liao’s soon led to the discovery of who the killer was and also allowed Oedipus to find

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    Antigone Antigone is a tragic play that was written by Sophocles which was based off an unfortunate prophecy that took place in Thebes. One day a prophet came to Oedipus’s parents, Iocaste and Laios and told them a prophecy that one day their son was going to kill his father and marry his mother so they sent him away for adoption. Oedipus’s parents did this in order to to stop the prophecy from coming true. Their plan fails and the prophecy soon comes true.Oedipus and Iocaste have four children

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    important to understand the importance of what a proper burial is to the people of ancient Greece. Unlike most religions, the Greek did not believe in the reward and punishment concept after death. They did not believe that good people went to heaven, while the evil suffered in hell. They believed that life after death was a sad and miserable affair, and the dead deserved to rest in peace. They believed in the importance of a proper burial, as proposed and supported by the gods. The gods mandated

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    enemies/are headed towards those we love?"Line 8-12 | Antigone speak to Ismene about their brother Polyneices, that it is unfair to unbury him. Also she refers to the situation of the evil, cursed their father Oedipus who had been expelled outside from Thebes. | | 2. "Consider, sister, how our father died,/hated and infamous; how he brought to light/his own offenses.../Then, mother...did shame/violently on her life, with twisted cords [because she hung herself]/Third, our two brothers, on a single day

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    Classical Cultures

    was immoral. The law she refuses to obey was the law of tyranny. Antigone second brother was not to have a burial when he died because of his dishonor to the state. Antigone brothers Eteocles and Polynices wanted to take the throne. They both would take the throne one year after the next but Eteocles, the elder, refused to step down. Polynices and his army marched down to the state of Thebes to battle his own brother for the throne, the brothers killed each other in a duel which made Creon king. When

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