Antigone goes off defiantly to bury the body; Ismene slinks back into the palace. As the sun floods the stage, the Chorus - men who were too old to fight - march in, celebrating the great victory of the Thebans against the Seven who came to capture their city. But they don't know that Eteocles, the king, and his brother Polyneices, leader of the Seven, have killed each other in a duel - and that the kingship has passed to Creon, the boys' uncle. Nor do they know of Creon's edict - that Eteocles' body is to be buried with full honours, while Polyneices is to be left out on the plain.

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