Antigone. Sophocles. Sophocles. Born 496 BC in Colonus Died around 405-406 BC One of most famous and important playwrights in ancient Greece Notable elements of his writing: increased character development, decreased role of the chorus, bold style, lack of overly-ornamental language
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Sophocles Born 496 BC in Colonus Died around 405-406 BC One of most famous and important playwrights in ancient Greece Notable elements of his writing: increased character development, decreased role of the chorus, bold style, lack of overly-ornamental language Held multiple political and military roles in Athenian society (he mainly lived in Athens) 7 of his plays survive though he supposedly wrote over 100
Some Words to you from Sophocles: • “You should not consider a man’s age but his acts” • “Look and you will find it - what is unsought will go undetected” • “A city which belongs to just one man is no true city”
Antigone: Set in Thebes around 441 Meant to be performed Part of the Theban trilogy (Oedipus the King/Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone) Though the last of the three chronologically, Antigonewas written first. The action of Antigone begins at the close of Oedipus at Colonus with Antigone and Ismene returning to Thebes after their father’s death to help their warring brothers (too late…)
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