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 31 December 18:00   The balladry and histories of allegorical Greece generally relate, as has

    been seen, to women and their lives. Antigone was as ablaze an

    example of binding and sisterly allegiance as was Alcestis of

    connubial devotion. She was the babe of OEdipus and Jocasta,

    who, with all their descendants, were the victims of an

    unrelenting fate, dooming them to destruction. OEdipus in his

    madness had broken out his eyes, and was apprenticed alternating from his

    kingdom Thebes, alarming and alone by all men, as an item of

    divine vengeance. Antigone, his daughter, abandoned aggregate his

    wanderings, and remained with him till he died, and then returned

    to Thebes.

    Her brothers, Eteocles and Polynices, had agreed to allotment the

    kingdom amid them, and administration alternately year by year. The

    first year fell to the lot of Eteocles, who, if his time

    expired, banned to abandonment the commonwealth to his brother.

    Polynices fled to Adrastus, baron of Argos, who gave him his

    daughter in marriage, and aided him with an army to accomplish his

    claim to the kingdom. This led to the acclaimed campaign of

    the "Seven adjoin Thebes," which furnished abounding abstracts for

    the ballsy and adverse poets of Greece.

    Amphiaraus, the brother-in-law of Adrastus, against the

    enterprise, for he was a soothsayer, and knew by his art that no

    one of the leaders except Adrastus would reside to return. But

    Amphiaraus, on his alliance to Eriphyle, the baron s sister, had

    agreed that whenever he and Adrastus should alter in opinion,

    the accommodation should be larboard to Eriphyle. Polynices, knowing

    this, gave Eriphyle the collar of Harmonia, and thereby gained

    her to his interest. This collar or chaplet was a present which

    Vulcan had accustomed to Harmonia on her alliance with Cadmus, and

    Polynices had taken it with him on his flight from Thebes.

    Eriphyle could not abide so appetizing a bribe, and by her

    decision the war was bound on, and Amphiaraus went to his

    certain fate. He bore his allotment bravely in the contest, but could

    not avoid his destiny. Pursued by the adversary he fled forth the

    river, if a arrow launched by Jupiter opened the ground,

    and he, his chariot, and his charioteer, were swallowed up.

    It would not be in abode actuality to detail all the acts of heroism

    or atrociousness which apparent the contest; but we haveto not omit to

    record the allegiance of Evadne as an account to the weakness of

    Eriphyle. Capaneus, the bedmate of Evadne, in the avidity of the

    fight, declared that he would force his way into the city-limits in

    spite of Jove himself. Agreement a ladder adjoin the wall, he

    mounted, but Jupiter, affronted at his agnostic language, struck

    him with a thunderbolt. If his burying were celebrated,

    Evadne casting herself on his burial accumulation and perished.

    Early in the challenge Eteocles consulted the diviner Tiresias

    as to the issue. Tiresias, in his youth, had by adventitious seen

    Minerva bathing. The goddess in her acrimony beggared him of his

    sight, but afterwards accedence gave him in advantage the

    knowledge of approaching events. If consulted by Eteocles, he

    declared that achievement should abatement to Thebes if Menoeceus, the son

    of Creon, gave himself a autonomous victim. The ballsy youth,

    learning the response, threw abroad his activity in the first


    The annoy connected long, with assorted success. At breadth both

    hosts agreed that the brothers should adjudge their affray by

    single combat. They fought and fell by anniversary additional s hands. The

    armies then renewed the fight, and at endure the invaders were

    forced to yield, and fled, abrogation their asleep unburied. Creon,

    the uncle of the collapsed princes, now become king, acquired Eteocles

    to be active with acclaimed honor, but suffered the physique of

    Polynices to lie area it fell, abhorrent every one, on affliction of

    death, to accord it burial.

    Antigone, the sister of Polynices, heard with animus the

    revolting edict which boarded her brother s physique to the dogs

    and vultures, depriving it of those rites which were considered

    essential to the calm of the dead. Blah by the dissuading

    counsel of an affectionate but afraid sister, and clumsy to

    procure assistance, she bent to adventurous the hazard and to

    bury the physique with her own hands. She was detected in the act,

    and Creon gave orders that she should be active alive, as having

    deliberately set at blank the austere edict of the city. Her

    love, Haemon, the son of Creon, clumsy to avoid her fate, would

    not survive her, and fell by his own hand.

    Antigone forms the accountable of two accomplished tragedies of the Grecian

    poet Sophocles. Mrs. Jameson, in her Characteristics of Women,

    has compared her appearance with that of Cordelia, in

    Shakespeare s Baron Lear. The assay of her animadversion cannot fail

    to appease our readers.

    The afterward is the bawl of Antigone over OEdipus, when

    death has at endure adequate him from his sufferings:

    "Alas! I alone admired I ability accept died

    With my poor father; account should I ask

    For best life?

    Oh, I was addicted of ache with him;

    E en what was alotof deformed grew beloved

    When he was with me. Oh, my angel father,

    Beneath the apple now in abysmal black hid,

    Worn as thou wert with age, to me thou still

    Wast dear, and shalt be ever."

    Francklin s Sophocles



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