In Antigone, what background information does the chorus provide as they express gratitude for the peace in Thebes?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

The Chorus, in 1.117-172, gives the audience background information about Polynices' defeat.  He is the perceived "enemy of Argos" and the old men of the Chorus (who, it might be pointed out, were safely ensconced at home) recount the glorious battle that took place between the forces of Polynices and the victorious warriors of Creon.  Though the battle was bloody, they are the true victors and always had, Zeus on their side.  The Chorus declares:  "But now Victory! Glorious in the morning, / joy in her eyes to meet our joy... / Now let us win oblivion from wars... / Lord Dionysus, god of the dance / that shakes the land of Thebes, now lead the way" (165-172).

The Chorus excitedly waits for Creon, "the king of the new realm."  Far from being ominscient or omnipotent, Sophocles' Choral members are just as fallible as anyone else. 

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team