Antigone (mythology)

Oedipus and Antigone
   Antigone was a famous char­acter in the legendary history of Greece. She is a notable example of filial love and sisterly devotion. She has been compared to Cordelia in Shakespeare's King Lear. Antigone is the subject of two of the trage­dies of Sophocles. Her father, Oedipus, the victim of a direful fate, is driven from his kingdom, and, shunned by everyone but his daughter, is doomed to unhappy wanderings. At his death Antigone mourns:

Alas! I only wished I might have died
With my poor father; wherefore should I ask
For longer life?
Oh, I was fond of misery with him;
E'en what was most unlovely grew beloved
When he was with me.