(Van Hove’s article appeared in the Guardian, 8/1.)

Antigone by Sophokles tells the ancient story of one of Oidipous’s daughters, who refuses to follow the orders of her uncle Kreon, the new head of state.

Kreon has ordained that Antigone’s brother Polyneikes, who, along with their brother Eteokles has just died in a cruel civil war, should not be allowed a burial because he is a traitor.


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