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Sophocles- Brief Bio

Updated: Apr 1, 2022

Sophocles was born on 497/6 in Attica into a wealthy family. He is known for his new innovations in dramatic structure and development. Along with Aeschylus and Euripides, Sophocles held a firm place in critical esteem for 2,500 years. Sophocles first won the Great Dionysia festival of tragedies at the age of twenty-six by beating Aeschylus. Unfortunately, out of his 120 plays, only seven and a portion of an eighth remain such as Ajax, Antigone, Oedipus at Colonus, Women of Trachis, etc… He is famous for his Theban plays which involve the tale of Oedipus. Sophocles's characters are natural and express feelings effectively. He died at the age of ninety or ninety-one (406/405) BC, which was stated by many stories.


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