ETEOCLES, king of Thebes
POLYNICES, brother of Eteocles
JOCASTA, mother of these two princes and of Antigone
ANTIGONE, sister of Eteocles and Polynices
CREON, uncle of the princes and the princess
HAEMON, son of Creon, in love with Antigone
OLYMPIA, confidant of Jocasta
ATTALUS, confidant of Creon
A soldier in Polynices’ army
The scene is at Thebes, in a chamber of the royal palace.
They’ve left, Olympia?¹ — Ah! these mortal woes!
I’ll pay with weeping for one hour’s repose!
Six months my open eyes have stared through tears,
And does sleep close them just when danger nears?...