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Is it necessary to read the first two Theban plays before reading Antigone?

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Ncc No. I have read Antigone and watched Oedipus Rex (in that order) and it made sense. It would help to read a synopsis of what happens in the first two to get a general idea of the politics and controversy that takes place in Antigone. I recommend the synopsis in Timeless Tales Of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton.
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