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Sophocles


Born
Colonus (Athens), Greece
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Sophocles (born c. 496 bc, Colonus, near Athens [Greece]—died 406, Athens), (Greek: Σοφοκλής ; German editions: Sophokles , Russian: Софокл , French editions: Sophocle ) was an ancient Greek tragedy playwright. Not many things are known about his life other than that he was wealthy, well educated and wrote about one hundred and twenty three plays (of which few are extant). One of his best known plays is 'Oedipus the King' (Oedipus Rex). ...more

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Quotes by Sophocles  (?)
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“One word
Frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
That word is love.”
Sophocles

“All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.”
Sophocles, Antigone

“Fortune is not on the side of the faint-hearted.”
Sophocles

Polls

August Short Story/Novella Poll

Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, 75 pages, -429
 
  45 votes, 23.1%

 
  43 votes, 22.1%

Medea by Euripides, 59 pages, -431
 
  32 votes, 16.4%

 
  24 votes, 12.3%

 
  23 votes, 11.8%

The Devil's Pool by George Sand, 108 pages, 1846
 
  14 votes, 7.2%

The Fatal Eggs by Mikhail Bulgakov, 104 pages, 1923
 
  14 votes, 7.2%

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