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This review is from: The Burial at Thebes: Sophocles' Antigone (Paperback)
I studied this for AA100, Open University. Its protagonists are Antigone and King Creon. King Creon has declared that Antigone's brother Polyneices's corpse be left for the birds and animals to eat (a traitor's burial). However, Antigone wants to honour her brother against the wishes of King Creon. It is a case of family loyalty versus the state with all the ensuing consequences. However, the situation is doubly complex as King Creon is also Antigone's uncle! The Burial at Thebes is a great read with plenty happening to keep readers interested. Heaney's version is excellent and relevant to many historical and contemporary world situations, which is why it is such a classic.