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ὁμοιοτάταν, because the stone into which Niobe was changed may be likened to Antigone's rocky tomb: cp. El. 150ἰὼ παντλάμων Νιόβα, σὲ δ᾽ ἔγωγε νέμω θεόν, ἅτ᾽ ἐν τάφῳ πετραίῳ αἰαῖ δακρύεις”.—The Niobe in the Uffizi Gallery at Florence will occur to many as offering an ideal type of majestic sorrow and beauty not unworthy to be associated with Antigone, and yet suggesting a contrast no less than a resemblance; the contrast between the desolate mother, and the maiden who is going to join those whom she loves (897); between pride steadfast under divine anger, and the piety that has dared to offend man.


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