Who is Sophocles?

  • (noun): One of the great tragedians of ancient Greece (496-406 BC).


Sophocles ( /ˈsɒfəkliːz/; Ancient Greek: Σοφοκλῆς, Sophoklēs, Greek pronunciation: ; c. 497/6 BC – winter 406/5 BC) is one of three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived. His first plays were written later than those of Aeschylus, and earlier than or contemporary with those of Euripides. According to the Suda, a 10th century encyclopedia, Sophocles wrote 123 plays during the course of his life, but only seven have survived in a complete form: Ajax, Antigone, The Women of Trachis, Oedipus the King, Electra, Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus. For almost 50 years, Sophocles was the most-fêted playwright in the dramatic competitions of the city-state of Athens that took place during the religious festivals of the Lenaea and the Dionysia. He competed in around 30 competitions, won perhaps 24, and was never judged lower than second place. Aeschylus won 14 competitions, and was sometimes defeated by Sophocles, while Euripides won only 4 competitions.

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Sophocles in Modern Popular Culture
... Nicastro's 2007 historical novel Antigone's Wake portrays Sophocles at war on Samos, struggling with the consequences of his artistic success and his unfamiliar role as a general ...
Shakespeare Theatre Company Production History - 2001-2002
... Oedipus the King - by Sophocles Oedipus at Colonus - by Sophocles Antigone - by Sophocles Hamlet - by William Shakespeare The Duchess of Malfi - by John Webster ...
Shahrokh Meskoob - Works - Selected Translations
... Khooshehaye khashm (Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath), 1949 Antigen (Sophocles' Antigone), 1956 Adibe Shahryar (Sophocles' Oedipus Rex), 1961 Promethe dar zanjir (Aeschylus ...
Sophocles (software) - Editions
... Beta testing for Sophocles 2007 hoped to incorporate scheduling, budgeting and reporting components, and extend the program’s existing story-planning capabilities ... The final release of Sophocles 2007 was to be made available in three editions Sophocles Basic included the core word-processing and formatting engines ... Sophocles Pro included the extended story-creation features ...
Sophocles (software)
... Sophocles was a Windows-based screenwriting software application used for writing feature film and television screenplays ... Sophocles supported industry-standard screenplay formats including scene numbers, A/B revision pages, revision marks, MOREs and CONT'Ds, and so on ...

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    In particular I may mention Sophocles the poet, who was once asked in my presence, “How do you feel about love, Sophocles? are you still capable of it?” to which he replied, “Hush! if you please: to my great delight I have escaped from it, and feel as if I had escaped from a frantic and savage master.” I thought then, as I do now, that he spoke wisely. For unquestionably old age brings us profound repose and freedom from this and other passions.
    Plato (c. 427–347 B.C.)