For information on the play, see Antigone.


Antigone was a major character in Sophocles's The Oedipus Cycle. Antigone was a daughter of Oedipus, and she along with her sister Ismene remained loyal to her father, gaining his respect.


Oedipus RexEdit

Antigone appears only briefly near the end of the play, when Oedipus requests Creon to take care of her and Ismene.

Oedipus at ColonusEdit

Antigone plays a major role in Oedipus at Colonus, where she acts as the now blind and frail Oedipus's guide. She talks to others for him, and she converses with the Chorus at Colonus.

In a later scene, Creon threatened to capture Antigone after Oedipus refused to aid him in the conquest of Thebes. Polyneices later confronts Oedipus and urgently requests him to help him with the siege of Thebes against his brother Eteocles. However, Oedipus was unwilling to listen until Antigone convinced him. She expressed deep concern for her brother's safety.


Antigone mourns over Polyneice's body.


As the eponymous character of the play Antigone, Antigone plays a major role in the final play by Sophocles.

When Polyneices dies, Creon left his body to the wild animals as punishment for his betrayal against Thebes. He decreed that anyone who buried his body would be sentenced the death penalty. Antigone, sympathetic to her brother, decided to bury him and risk her life.

A Sentry captures her, but she openly confesses to the crime and tries to reason with Creon that her brother deserved honor. Enraged, Creon sent her to an underground cave, where she was to be imprisoned until she died. Eventually, Antigone hanged herself, and Haemon, Creon's son, committed suicide as a result, as he displayed an affinity for Antigone. As a result of these suicides, Creon's wife Eurydice committed suicide as well. Creon from then on expressed deep regret for his actions.