Subject: Antigone
Author: Yannis   (guest)
Date: April 18, 2004 at 10:12 AM
Reply to: Re: Antigone by Obie

Well, it is ambiguous...

This is because of the different meanings of "anti" in composite
words. Please have a look at


using as search terms "anti" and "gonos". "Antigone" is a feminine
form of "Antigonos" (latinized="Antigonus")

Considering the tragedies about Antigone and her father both meanings
may apply, i.e. "like her father/mother" or "against birth". I would
say that this "against birth" actually means "against

"Against birth" may also mean "against her own sex". Considering that
Antigone defied king's orders, she did something opposite
to her position as woman (as perceived in ancient times).

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