5 Antigone Polynices

Antigone is a tragedy by Sophocles written in or before 441 BC. Two brothers leading opposite sides in the Thebes civil war die fighting each other for the throne. Creon, the new ruler of Thebes, has decided that Eteocles will be honored and Polyneices will lie unburied on the battlefield, prey for carrion animals, not sanctified by holy rites, the harshest punishment at the time. Antigone goes to bury her brother, in defiance of Creon’s edict, risking the death penalty. When caught she does not deny what she has done and argues unflinchingly with Creon about the morality of the edict and the morality of her actions. She is sentenced to be buried alive in a cave.
Antigone’s belief in a greater justice beyond the law and her resulting actions for an act of civil disobedience.