ANTIOGONE OF TROY IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY
The Transformation of Antigone
Antigone of Troy is minor figure of Greek mythology, who appears in Ovid’s Metamorphoses; thus, the tale of Antigone is one of transformation, whilst also showing the quickness of the gods and goddesses to anger.
Antigone was said to be a daughter of King Laomedon of Troy, and although Laomedon’s known wives include Strymo, Placia, and Leucippe, the mother of Antigone is not named.
In act of hubris, Antigone would declare that her hair was more beautiful than that of Hera; Hera of course would not leave such an insult lie, and in retribution Antigone’s hair was turned into a weave of snakes.
Later, Antigone would be transformed into a chattering stork, either by Hera or another deity.
In the Metamorphoses, the tale of Antigone is told within the story of Arachne, for it was a tale woven by Athena, during the contest between goddess and mortal.
Colin Quartermain - Antigone of Troy - 31st July 2021