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kosta_karapinotis

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There are so many twisted and strange Greek myths that exist, but Antigone is probably one of the most freakish in my opinion. Antigone is the child of Oedipus and Jocasta, who is his mother. That makes Antigone the product of incest, and both the daughter and grandchild of Jocasta, and the daughter and sibling of Oedipus. The myth of Antigone is more focused on her efforts to bury her brother, Polynices. But personally all I can focus on is this twisted nature of her existence! The Greek gods were one hell of a people LOL.
 
The Greek Gods were intense. LOL. Here is more information about the play, which was written by Sophocles: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antigone_(Sophocles_play)
I do not find her nature to be "twisted" at all -- as far as Sophocles' Antigone is concerned; I am not familiar with other ladies with the same name. // My etymological interest was aroused last evening by a clue given on [TV] Jeopardy: She was the product of an incestuous relationship and her name means "against birth". I figured the proper response, "Who was ANTIGONE?", since anti- can mean "against"; however, I doubted and still doubt the accuracy of the other term. Various lexicons do not give any satisfactory etymology. Anti- can also mean "counter; opposite to", but this does not lead anywhere. [Anti-gonos was the name of various Macedonian kings: ?? anti-offspring?? ] DOES anyody have any idea??
 
According to the [online] BAILLY grec-francaise Dictionnaire, one meaning of ANTI is IN FRONT OF as well as RESEMBLING... wherefore antitheos = resembling a god, but -- negatively -- contrary to [against] a god. // This linguistic inconsistency does not help us to decipher -gonE or -gonos; biographies may help.



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