Parados – entering dance of Chorus
Stasima (plural) Choral Odes
• Stasimon (Singular) – first choral ode after the opening dance
• 334-75: what makes man so strange and uncanny? Burke’s interpretation: Ideas of
Hegel and Shinnston. In the opening strophe, we see man depicted as the strangest of
things in nature. What powers does man have? Man conquers the sea and technology.
Man uses his own power to defeat the powers of nature. The antistrophe is a metrical
repetition of the previous strophe. The continuation of the theme of technology in the first
strophe. Man is able to use power to defeat the overpower forces of nature. Man is
clever. This chorus is indicating the punishment of Antigone for her defying the human
Antigone is the first of the Theban tragedy that Sophocles wrote.
Sophocles did not present these three plays in the same year; they were presented in three
Oedipus at Colonus
Oedipus at Colonus depicts the death of Oedipus and the dispute between the two brothers for
The two brothers are killed, and Creon assumes leadership of the throne.
Creon states Polynieces as a betrayer and refutes his burial, but allows it for the other brother.
The play begins with Anti