from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology A son of Oedipus and Jocasta for whom an expedition against Thebes was raised.


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  • A mythic narrative whose classic statement is found in the play by Aeschylus (467 BC) concerning the battle between the Seven led by Polynices, traditional Theban enemies, and the army of Thebes headed by Eteocles and his supporters.

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  • Patriotism is a significant theme in the story, as Polynices talks a great deal about his love for the city of Thebes but has brought an army to destroy it; Creon is also forced to make a choice between saving the city and saving the life of his son.

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  • Before the beginning of the play's action, Eteocles and Polynices, two brothers leading opposite sides in Thebes 'civil war, died fighting each other for the throne.

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  • Creon, the new ruler of Thebes, has declared that Eteocles will be honored and Polynices disgraced.

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  • In the opening of the play, Antigone brings Ismene outside the city gates late at night for a secret meeting: Antigone wants to bury Polynices 'body, in defiance of Creon's edict.

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  • Eurydice's refusal to sanction the burial of the defeated warlord, Polynices, provokes violence quickly fomented by the militaristic opposition leader, Tydeus.

    Welcome to Thebes

  • Be not ashamed of thy birth then, thou art a gentleman all the world over, and shalt be honoured, when as he, strip him of his fine clothes, [3666] dispossess him of his wealth, is a funge (which [3667] Polynices in his banishment found true by experience, gentry was not esteemed) like a piece of coin in another country, that no man will take, and shall be contemned.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Polynices in his conference with Jocasta in [2385] Euripides, reckons up five miseries of a banished man, the least of which alone were enough to deject some pusillanimous creatures.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Ares, followed him to Thebes, to win renown .... .... for Polynices.

    Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

  • Polynices enemies was nothing else than this opinion which they had about royal power, their opinion about exile, that the one is the extreme of evils, the other the greatest good.

    The Discourses of Epictetus


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