Can you guess the third play? Theban clue revealed!
Third of Sophocles' Theban plays
Sure, I’d be happy to explain!Sophocles was a famous ancient Greek playwright, and one of his most famous works was a trilogy of plays chronicling the story of the royal family of Thebes. The first two plays in the trilogy were “Oedipus Rex” and “Oedipus at Colonus,” and the third and final play was “Antigone.”
“Antigone” tells the story of Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, who defies the ruler of Thebes in order to bury her brother Polyneices. Polyneices had been killed in battle while attempting to seize the throne of Thebes from his brother Eteocles, and the ruler, Creon, had decreed that Polyneices’s body should be left to rot as an example to others who would defy his rule.
Antigone, however, believes that it is her duty as a sister and as a faithful follower of the gods to ensure that her brother receives a proper burial. She defies Creon’s edict and performs the burial rites herself, knowing that she will be punished. The play explores themes of duty, authority, family loyalty, and the clash between divine and human laws.
Overall, “Antigone” is a powerful and timeless work that continues to be studied and performed today.