(3 syl.) Daughter of OEdipus and Jocasta. Antigone was buried
alive by the order of King Creon, for burying her brother Polynices,
slain in combat by his brother Eteocles. Ismene declared that she had
aided her sister, and requested to be allowed to share the same
The lady-love of Ismenias, in the erotic romance of Eustathius or
Eumathius entitled Ismene and Ismenias (twelfth century).
Translated by Godfrey of Viterbo. Especially noteworthy from its being
reproduced in the Confessio Amantis of Gower, and forming the
plot of Shakespeare's Pericles.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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