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Hen King Oedipus went into exile, Antigone accompanied him to Colonus in Attica. Her two brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices, stayed behind in Thebes under the regency of their uncle, Creon. When Oedipus died, Antigone returned to Thebes to live with her brothers and uncle, as well as her sister Ismene. They decided to take turns ruling the city: one year Eteocles would rule, the next year Polyneices, and so on. At the end of the first year, however, Eteocles made no show of yielding the kingdom to his brother.

Melville, trans. Metamorphoses. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Warner, Rex. Men and Gods: Myths and Legends of the Ancient Greeks. New York: New York Review Books, 2008. 43 ARIADNE The daughter of King Minos of Crete and his wife Pasiphae, Ariadne played a crucial role in the slaying of the Minotaur by the Athenian hero Theseus. However, despite promising to marry her, Theseus later abandoned Ariadne on the island of Naxos. Right: This carving on a fragment of a sarcophagus depicts Ariadne as a Cretan goddess of fertility.

Archaeologists believe that the tomb was built between 1300 and 1200 BCE. It was carved into a hillside and was made of rectangular blocks of stone stacked in 33 rows. It is an example of a tholos, or beehive tomb, so called because the shape of its dome resembles a beehive. 6 m) wide. The pathway leading up to the doorway of the tomb is 115 feet (35 m) long, flanked by high walls. The facade was originally richly decorated, and some of the reliefs survive in museums around the world, such as in Athens, Berlin, and London.

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