The "Thebais" seems to have begun with the origin of the fatal quarrel between Eteocles and Polyneices
in the curse called down upon them by their father in his misery.
ANTIGONE and ISMENE - daughters of Oedipus and sisters of Polyneices
The dance will echo the tragic unfolding of Antigone, Oedipus' daughter, who defies Creon's -- the ruler of Thebes -- rule to not bury her brother Polyneices
as a means of punishment.
42) There is a strong mythological tradition for violence between twins (Girard 1988:65-69): well-known Classical examples are Eteocles and Polyneices
, and Romulus and Remus.
And she has an arguably incestuous love for her dead brother Polyneices
(also her nephew, as her sister is also her niece), whom she places in importance above all other kinship relations, even parents and spouse.
Think Creon in Sophocles' Antigone, a character who begins with the good intention of maintaining order in Thebes but under the pressure of internal rebellion issues the hubristic and unethical order to leave the body of his nephew Polyneices
From Oedipus' father, Lauis, to his sons, Polyneices
and Eteocles, the myth moves from homosexual rape to threatened childlessness and then to incest and the father's deadly curse on his sons.
UK) has produced a companion to the final play of the great ancient Greek playwright, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, in which he returns to the character of Oedipus, now an aged man who has come into conflict with his son, Polyneices
, over a planned attack on Thebes.
Antigone learns of Creon's order that her brother Polyneices
Creon decrees that the body of her brother, Polyneices
, remain in a field to rot, as a just reward for treason.
When her brother Polyneices
is killed in battle, he is denied proper burial for being a traitor to the state.
In most versions, Antigone says at this point that Polyneices
was 'not a slave'.