Abstract

Abstract:

This essay revisits Sophocles's Theban tragedies to question the usual interpretation of Creon as a tyrant intent on forcing a masculine "rule of law" on an innocent Antigone. By looking at Hölderlin's German translation of Antigone and what we know about kingship and kinship in ancient Greece, I offer an alternative interpretation that shows the character of Creon in a different light, reinforcing claims made by Bernard Williams and Martin Heidegger, among others, about the ways in which we misunderstand the Greeks, and some of the consequences of doing so.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. 1-11
Launched on MUSE
2017-10-20
Open Access
No
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