Representative Works from Greek Drama

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Antigone

Sophocles' Antigone (441 B.C.) depicts the title character's defiance of the king of Thebes and his edicts. Antigone's brother has died in his rebellion against the king, Creon, who is also his uncle, and Creon has forbidden proper burial rites to be carried out for him. The play's clash is between Antigone and Creon, whose differences center on opposing attitudes toward authority; Antigone values the personal sphere and the laws of gods and religions, whereas Creon values authoritarian control and the subordination of personal feeling to the state.

Bacchae

Many critics regard the Bacchae (circa 405 B.C.) as Euripides' masterpiece. In this play, the god Dionysus arrives in Thebes to introduce his cult. King Pentheus resists, so Dionysus causes the women, including Pentheus's mother, to fall into a deluded, frenzied state. When the women come across Pentheus, they believe him to be a wild animal, and they...

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