Creon treats Polynices as a traitor, though whether he actually is a traitor is left ambiguous. Polynices was supposed to share the rule of Thebes with his brother, Eteocles, the two alternating year by year. However, Eteocles refused to give up the rule to his brother when it was Polynices's turn. Polynices therefore decided to raise an army and, with six foreign princes, march on Thebes. He was defeated, he and Eteocles managed to kill each other, and Creon decided Polynices was a traitor. Therefore, Creon refuses to allow him to be buried, a great dishonor. Antigone, Polynices's sister, refuses to accept Creon's decree as just, and so she "buries" her brother by tossing some dirt on his exposed corpse. When Creon finds out, he condemns Antigone to death. He eventually changes his mind, but at this point it is too late: she has already hanged herself.