Daughter of the tragic King Oedipus of Thebes and his queen Iocasta. She left Thebes with her father when he was exiled, and after his death she returned.
There, her brothers Eteocles and Polynices had killed each other over the throne. Crean, who now became king honoured Eteocles with a grandiose funeral, but let Polynices body lie, since he saw him as a traitor.
Antigone then buried her brother herself, feeling that blood and religion was stronger than the state, and was buried alive by Creon as a punishment. She comitted suicide by hanging in the grave, and her lover Haemon, Creon's son, killed himself devastated by grief.
Creon realised too late, that he had defied the gods. Sophocles wrote a play about Antigone.