Easton Press Sophocles books

Oedipus The King - 100 Greatest Books Ever Written - 1980
Dramas by Sophocles - 1993

Franklin Library Sophocles books

Plays of Sophocles - Great Books of the Western World - 1980
The Tragedies of Sophocles - 100 Greatest Books of All Time - 1981
Greek Tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides - Oxford Library (published in both quarter bound and full leather) - 1982

Sophocles biography

Sophocles, one of the towering figures of ancient Greek literature, was born around 496 BCE in Colonus, a suburb of Athens. He emerged during the Golden Age of Athens, a period renowned for its cultural and intellectual achievements. Little is known about Sophocles' early life, but it is believed that he came from a wealthy and influential family. He received an excellent education, studying under some of the most eminent philosophers and poets of his time. His exposure to the rich literary and philosophical tradition of Athens undoubtedly shaped his future as a playwright.

Sophocles' contributions to Greek drama are profound and enduring. He wrote over 120 plays, though only seven have survived in their entirety. Among these are his most famous works: Antigone, Oedipus The King, and Electra. These tragedies explore timeless themes such as fate, morality, and the complexities of human nature. Oedipus The King (Oedipus Rex), perhaps his most renowned work, tells the tragic tale of King Oedipus, who unwittingly fulfills a prophecy by killing his father and marrying his mother. Through this narrative, Sophocles delves into the inexorable grip of fate and the consequences of unchecked pride. Sophocles' plays were groundbreaking in their innovation and sophistication. He introduced several key elements to Greek drama, including the addition of a third actor on stage, allowing for greater complexity in storytelling and character interaction. His mastery of dramatic structure and dialogue set new standards for playwrights to come.

Beyond his artistic achievements, Sophocles was also active in Athenian public life. He held several important civic positions, including serving as a general during the Peloponnesian War and as a treasurer for the Delian League. His involvement in politics undoubtedly informed his understanding of human nature and societal dynamics, which is reflected in his plays. Sophocles' legacy endures through his profound influence on Western literature and drama. His works have been studied and performed for centuries, captivating audiences with their timeless themes and compelling characters. His profound insights into the human condition continue to resonate with audiences around the world, cementing his place as one of the greatest playwrights of all time. Sophocles passed away in 406 BCE, leaving behind a body of work that continues to inspire and provoke thought to this day.

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