Antigone-Higher Law vs. Laws of City States

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Laws of the City-State vs. Higher Law as Seen in Sophocles' "Antigone" In Ancient Greece, after 800 bc., new ideas came to the forefront concerning the governing of society. These ideas led to a more organized leadership and a government whose decisions were primarily based on majority rule. This system took the form of city-states, large self-governing towns. These city-states were founded on principals of "freedom, optimism, secularism, rationalism,[and] the glorification of body and mind". …

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…the answer he wants to hear. At this point, Creon is blind to reason, to proud to admit he is anything but absolutely correct in this matter. It seems that Creon falls under the category of other Greek figures (Achilles, Odysseus, etc.) whose pride and stubborn nature proves to be their undoing. The true lesson to be learned from this play may be spoken by Teiresias, "It is a fool who is governed by self-will."