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Antigone is an Athenian tragedy written by Sophocles around 441 BC. It was initally performed at the Festival of Dionysus, and is a tragedy that tells the story of Antigone, a young woman who defies the ruling of her uncle, the King of Thebes, and buries her brother Polynices, who has died in battle against the city. The King has decreed that Polynices' body is to be left unburied as punishment for his actions, but Antigone believes that it is her duty to give her brother a proper burial according to the laws of the gods. She defies the King's orders and is subsequently sentenced to death. The play explores themes of duty, conscience, and the consequences of standing up for one's beliefs.

Part of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World set.

Part of the Harvard Classics set.

This book has 10,326 words, and 38 pages in the PDF version. This translation by F. Storr was first published in 1912.

Production notes: This ebook of Antigone was published by Global Grey in 2018, and updated on the 9th January 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Antigone' by Frederic Leighton.

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