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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

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Examples

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

    Capsule Summaries of the Great Books of the Western World

  • 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.

    Capsule Summaries of the Great Books of the Western World

  • 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.

    Capsule Summaries of the Great Books of the Western World

  • 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.

    Capsule Summaries of the Great Books of the Western World

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-03-01

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