Name: Antigone

Origin and Meaning of the Name Antigone

  • Meaning:
    The opposite of her forbears
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    (an TIG oh nee)
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    English and Greek speaking countries
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    In Greek mythology Antigone was most famously the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta (the accidental mother-son union). When her brother Polynikes died in battle she opposed her uncle Kreon (then king of Thebes and her lawful guardian) by insisting on burying the body in an honourable way. The story inspired many writers, composers and painters, among them Sophokles, Jean Cocteau, Bertohlt Brecht and Racine.

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