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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

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/resolveform?lang=Greek

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
family/genus(=clan)"

"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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