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Complete Works of Sophocles: Text, Summary, Motifs and Notes (Annotated)

Complete Works of Sophocles: Text, Summary, Motifs and Notes (Annotated) Comments by: Anthony Martinez ISBN 10: 3593301458 ISBN 13: 9783593301457 Above all, Sophocles, (born c. 496 bce, Colonus, near Athens [Greece]—died 406, Athens), with Aeschylus and Euripides, one of classical Athens’ three great tragic playwrights. The best known of his 123 dramas is Oedipus the […]

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Complete Works of Sophocles: Text, Summary, Motifs and Notes (Annotated)

Comments by: Anthony Martinez

ISBN 10: 3593301458

ISBN 13: 9783593301457

Above all, Sophocles, (born c. 496 bce, Colonus, near Athens [Greece]—died 406, Athens), with Aeschylus and Euripides, one of classical Athens’ three great tragic playwrights. The best known of his 123 dramas is Oedipus the King.

Firstly, Sophocles was the younger contemporary of Aeschylus and the older contemporary of Euripides. Then, he was born at Colonus, a village outside the walls of Athens, where his father, Sophillus, was a wealthy manufacturer of armour.

Because of his beauty of physique, his athletic prowess, and his skill in music, he was chosen in 480, when he was 16, to lead the paean (choral chant to a god) celebrating the decisive Greek sea victory over the Persians at the Battle of Salamis.
Because of that,  in 440 he was elected one of the 10 stratēgoi (high executive officials who commanded the armed forces) as a junior colleague of Pericles. Sophocles later served as stratēgos perhaps twice again.

But, in 413, then aged about 83, Sophocles was a proboulos, one of 10 advisory commissioners who were granted special powers and were entrusted with organizing Athens’ financial and domestic recovery after its terrible defeat at Syracuse in Sicily.

Meanwhile, Sophocles’ last recorded act was to lead a chorus in public mourning for his deceased rival, Euripides, before the festival of 406. He died that same year.

Finally, this collection includes:

I. Introduction
II. The Oedipus Trilogy
III. Ajax
IV. Philoctetes
V. Electra
VI. The Trachiniae
VII. PHILOKTETES
VIII. Complete Plays in English for Sophocles

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ISBN: 9783593301457
Publisher: Lighthouse Books for Translation and Publishing
Publish Date: 2019
Page Count: 761

“Complete Works of Sophocles: Text, Summary, Motifs and Notes (Annotated)”

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