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Sophocles (; Ancient Greek:Σοφοκλῆς, pronounced ; c. 497/6 – winter 406/5 BC) is one of three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived. His first plays were written later than, or contemporary with, those of Aeschylus; and earlier than, or contemporary with, those of Euripides. Sophocles wrote over 120 plays, but only seven have survived in a complete form: Ajax, Antigone, Women of Trachis, Oedipus Rex, Electra, Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus. For almost fifty years, Sophocles was the most celebrated playwright in the dramatic competitions of the city-state of Athens which took place during the religious festivals of the Lenaea and the Dionysia. He competed in thirty competitions, won twenty-four, and was never judged lower than second place. Aeschylus won thirteen competitions, and was sometimes defeated by Sophocles; Euripides won four.

Sophocles
Born497/496 BC
Colonus, Attica
Died406/405 BC (aged 90–92)
Athens
OccupationTragedian
GenreTragedy
Notable works

The most famous tragedies of Sophocles feature Oedipus and Antigone: they are generally known as the Theban plays, though each was part of a different tetralogy (the other members of which are now lost). Sophocles influenced the development of drama, most importantly by adding a third actor (attributed to Sophocles by Aristotle; to Aeschylus by Themistius), thereby reducing the importance of the chorus in the presentation of the plot.[citation needed] He also developed his characters to a greater extent than earlier playwrights.

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A marble relief of a poet, perhaps Sophocles

Sophocles, the son of Sophillus, was a wealthy member of the rural deme (small community) of Hippeios Colonus in Attica, which was to become a setting for one of his plays; and he was probably born there, a few years before the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC: the exact year is unclear, but 497/6 is most likely. He was born into a wealthy family (his father was an armour manufacturer), and was highly educated. His first artistic triumph was in 468 BC, when he took first prize in the Dionysia, beating the reigning master of Athenian drama, Aeschylus. According to Plutarch, the victory came under unusual circumstances: instead of following the usual custom of choosing judges by lot, the archon asked Cimon, and the other strategoi present, to decide the victor of the contest. Plutarch further contends that, following this loss, Aeschylus soon left for Sicily. Though Plutarch says that this was Sophocles' first production, it is now thought that his first production was probably in 470 BC. Triptolemus was probably one of the plays that Sophocles presented at this festival.

In 480 BC Sophocles was chosen to lead the paean (a choral chant to a god), celebrating the Greek victory over the Persians at the Battle of Salamis. Early in his career, the politician Cimon might have been one of his patrons; but, if he was, there was no ill will borne by Pericles, Cimon's rival, when Cimon was ostracized in 461 BC. In 443/2, Sophocles served as one of the Hellenotamiai, or treasurers of Athena, helping to manage the finances of the city during the political ascendancy of Pericles. In 441 BC, according to the Vita Sophoclis, he was elected one of the ten generals, executive officials at Athens, as a junior colleague of Pericles; and he served in the Athenian campaign against Samos. He was supposed to have been elected to this position as the result of his production of Antigone, but this is "most improbable".

In 420 BC, he was chosen to receive the image of Asclepius in his own house, when the cult was being introduced to Athens, and lacked a proper place (τέμενος). For this, he was given the posthumous epithet Dexion (receiver) by the Athenians. But "some doubt attaches to this story". He was also elected, in 411 BC, one of the commissioners (probouloi) who responded to the catastrophic destruction of the Athenian expeditionary force in Sicily during the Peloponnesian War.

Sophocles died at the age of 90 or 91 in the winter of 406/5 BC, having seen, within his lifetime, both the Greek triumph in the Persian Wars, and the bloodletting of the Peloponnesian War. As with many famous men in classical antiquity, his death inspired a number of apocryphal stories. The most famous[citation needed] is the suggestion that he died from the strain of trying to recite a long sentence from his Antigone without pausing to take a breath. Another account suggests he choked while eating grapes at the Anthesteria festival in Athens. A third holds that he died of happiness after winning his final victory at the City Dionysia. A few months later, a comic poet, in a play titled The Muses, wrote this eulogy: "Blessed is Sophocles, who had a long life, was a man both happy and talented, and the writer of many good tragedies; and he ended his life well without suffering any misfortune." According to some accounts, however, his own sons tried to have him declared incompetent near the end of his life; and that he refuted their charge in court by reading from his new Oedipus at Colonus. One of his sons, Iophon, and a grandson, called Sophocles, also became playwrights.

Homosexuality

An ancient source, Athenaeus’s work Sophists at Dinner, contains references to Sophocles' sexuality. In that work, a character named Myrtilus claims that Sophocles "was partial to boys, in the same way that Euripides was partial to women" ("φιλομεῖραξ δὲ ἦν ὁ Σοφοκλῆς, ὡς Εὐριπίδης φιλογύνης"), and relates an anecdote, attributed to Ion of Chios, of Sophocles flirting with a serving-boy at a symposium:

βούλει με ἡδέως πίνειν; [...] βραδέως τοίνυν καὶ πρόσφερέ μοι καὶ ἀπόφερε τὴν κύλικα.
Do you want me to enjoy my drink? [...] Then hand me the cup nice and slow, and take it back nice and slow too.

He also says that Hieronymus of Rhodes, in his Historical Notes, claims that Sophocles once led a boy outside the city walls for sex; and that the boy snatched Sophocles' cloak (χλανίς, khlanis), leaving his own child-sized robe ("παιδικὸν ἱμάτιον") for Sophocles. Moreover, when Euripides heard about this (it was much discussed), he mocked the disdainful treatment, saying that he had himself had sex with the boy, "but had not given him anything more than his usual fee" ("ἀλλὰ μηδὲν προσθεῖναι"), or, "but that nothing had been taken off" ("ἀλλὰ μηδὲν προεθῆναι"). In response, Sophocles composed this elegy:

Ἥλιος ἦν, οὐ παῖς, Εὐριπίδη, ὅς με χλιαίνων
γυμνὸν ἐποίησεν· σοὶ δὲ φιλοῦντι † ἑταίραν †
Βορρᾶς ὡμίλησε. σὺ δ᾿ οὐ σοφός, ὃς τὸν Ἔρωτα,
ἀλλοτρίαν σπείρων, λωποδύτην ἀπάγεις.
It was the Sun, Euripides, and not a boy, that got me hot
and stripped me naked. But the North Wind was with you
when you were kissing † a courtesan †. You’re not so clever, if you arrest
Eros for stealing clothes while you’re sowing another man’s field.

Portrait of the Greek actor Euiaon in Sophocles' Andromeda, c. 430 BC.

Sophocles is known for innovations in dramatic structure; deeper development of characters than earlier playwrights; and, if it was not Aeschylus, the addition of a third actor, which further reduced the role of the chorus, and increased opportunities for development and conflict. Aeschylus, who dominated Athenian playwriting during Sophocles' early career, adopted the third actor into his own work. Besides the third actor, Aristotle credits Sophocles with the introduction of skenographia, or scenery-painting; but this too is attributed elsewhere to someone else (by Vitruvius, to Agatharchus of Samos). After Aeschylus died, in 456 BC, Sophocles became the pre-eminent playwright in Athens, winning competitions at eighteen Dionysia, and six Lenaia festivals. His reputation was such that foreign rulers invited him to attend their courts; but, unlike Aeschylus, who died in Sicily, or Euripides, who spent time in Macedon, Sophocles never accepted any of these invitations. Aristotle, in his Poetics (c. 335 BC), used Sophocles' Oedipus Rex as an example of the highest achievement in tragedy.

Only two of the seven surviving plays can be dated securely: Philoctetes to 409 BC, and Oedipus at Colonus to 401 BC (staged after his death, by his grandson). Of the others, Electra shows stylistic similarities to these two, suggesting that it was probably written in the later part of his career; Ajax, Antigone, and The Trachiniae, are generally thought early, again based on stylistic elements; and Oedipus Rex is put in a middle period. Most of Sophocles' plays show an undercurrent of early fatalism, and the beginnings of Socratic logic as a mainstay for the long tradition of Greek tragedy.

Theban plays

The Theban plays comprise three plays: Oedipus Rex (also called Oedipus Tyrannus or Oedipus the King), Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone. All three concern the fate of Thebes during and after the reign of King Oedipus. They have often been published under a single cover; but Sophocles wrote them for separate festival competitions, many years apart. The Theban plays are not a proper trilogy (i.e. three plays presented as a continuous narrative), nor an intentional series; they contain inconsistencies. Sophocles also wrote other plays pertaining to Thebes, such as the Epigoni, but only fragments have survived.

Subjects

The three plays involve the tale of Oedipus, who kills his father and marries his mother, not knowing they are his parents. His family is cursed for three generations.

In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus is the protagonist. His infanticide is planned by his parents, Laius and Jocasta, to prevent him fulfilling a prophecy; but the servant entrusted with the infanticide passes the infant on, through a series of intermediaries, to a childless couple, who adopt him, not knowing his history. Oedipus eventually learns of the Delphic Oracle's prophecy of him, that he would kill his father, and marry his mother; he attempts to flee his fate without harming those he knows as his parents (at this point, he does not know that he is adopted). Oedipus meets a man at a crossroads accompanied by servants; Oedipus and the man fight, and Oedipus kills the man (who was his father, Laius, although neither knew at the time). He becomes the ruler of Thebes after solving the riddle of the Sphinx and in the process, marries the widowed queen, his mother Jocasta. Thus the stage is set for horror. When the truth comes out, following from another true but confusing prophecy from Delphi, Jocasta commits suicide, Oedipus blinds himself and leaves Thebes. At the end of the play, order is restored. This restoration is seen when Creon, brother of Jocasta, becomes king, and also when Oedipus, before going off to exile, asks Creon to take care of his children. Oedipus's children will always bear the weight of shame and humiliation because of their father's actions.

In Oedipus at Colonus, the banished Oedipus and his daughter Antigone arrive at the town of Colonus where they encounter Theseus, King of Athens. Oedipus dies and strife begins between his sons Polyneices and Eteocles. They fight, and simultaneously run each other through.

In Antigone, the protagonist is Oedipus' daughter, Antigone. She is faced with the choice of allowing her brother Polyneices' body to remain unburied, outside the city walls, exposed to the ravages of wild animals, or to bury him and face death. The king of the land, Creon, has forbidden the burial of Polyneices for he was a traitor to the city. Antigone decides to bury his body and face the consequences of her actions. Creon sentences her to death. Eventually, Creon is persuaded to free Antigone from her punishment, but his decision comes too late and Antigone commits suicide. Her suicide triggers the suicide of two others close to King Creon: his son, Haemon, who was to wed Antigone, and his wife, Eurydice, who commits suicide after losing her only surviving son.

Composition and inconsistencies

The plays were written across thirty-six years of Sophocles' career and were not composed in chronological order, but instead were written in the order Antigone, Oedipus Rex, and Oedipus at Colonus. Nor were they composed as a trilogy – a group of plays to be performed together, but are the remaining parts of three different groups of plays. As a result, there are some inconsistencies: notably, Creon is the undisputed king at the end of Oedipus Rex and, in consultation with Apollo, single-handedly makes the decision to expel Oedipus from Thebes. Creon is also instructed to look after Oedipus' daughters Antigone and Ismene at the end of Oedipus Rex. By contrast, in the other plays there is some struggle with Oedipus' sons Eteocles and Polynices in regard to the succession. In Oedipus at Colonus, Sophocles attempts to work these inconsistencies into a coherent whole: Ismene explains that, in light of their tainted family lineage, her brothers were at first willing to cede the throne to Creon. Nevertheless, they eventually decided to take charge of the monarchy, with each brother disputing the other's right to succeed. In addition to being in a clearly more powerful position in Oedipus at Colonus, Eteocles and Polynices are also culpable: they consent (l. 429, Theodoridis, tr.) to their father's going to exile, which is one of his bitterest charges against them.

Other plays

In addition to the three Theban plays, there are four surviving plays by Sophocles: Ajax, Women of Trachis, Electra, and Philoctetes, the last of which won first prize in 409 BC.

Ajax focuses on the proud hero of the Trojan War, Telamonian Ajax, who is driven to treachery and eventually suicide. Ajax becomes gravely upset when Achilles’ armor is presented to Odysseus instead of himself. Despite their enmity toward him, Odysseus persuades the kings Menelaus and Agamemnon to grant Ajax a proper burial.

The Women of Trachis (named for the Trachinian women who make up the chorus) dramatizes Deianeira's accidentally killing Heracles after he had completed his famous twelve labors. Tricked into thinking it is a love charm, Deianeira applies poison to an article of Heracles' clothing; this poisoned robe causes Heracles to die an excruciating death. Upon learning the truth, Deianeira commits suicide.

Electra corresponds roughly to the plot of Aeschylus' Libation Bearers. It details how Electra and Orestes avenge their father Agamemnon's murder by Clytemnestra and Aegisthus.

Philoctetes retells the story of Philoctetes, an archer who had been abandoned on Lemnos by the rest of the Greek fleet while on the way to Troy. After learning that they cannot win the Trojan War without Philoctetes' bow, the Greeks send Odysseus and Neoptolemus to retrieve him; due to the Greeks' earlier treachery, however, Philoctetes refuses to rejoin the army. It is only Heracles' deus ex machina appearance that persuades Philoctetes to go to Troy.

Fragmentary plays

Although over 120 titles of plays associated with Sophocles are known and presented below, little is known of the precise dating of most of them. Philoctetes is known to have been written in 409 BC, and Oedipus at Colonus is known to have only been performed in 401 BC, posthumously, at the initiation of Sophocles' grandson. The convention on writing plays for the Greek festivals was to submit them in tetralogies of three tragedies along with one satyr play. Along with the unknown dating of the vast majority of over 120 plays, it is also largely unknown how the plays were grouped. It is, however, known that the three plays referred to in the modern era as the "Theban plays" were never performed together in Sophocles' own lifetime, and are therefore not a trilogy (which they are sometimes erroneously seen as).

Fragments of Ichneutae (Tracking Satyrs) were discovered in Egypt in 1907. These amount to about half of the play, making it the best preserved satyr play after Euripides' Cyclops, which survives in its entirety. Fragments of the Epigoni were discovered in April 2005 by classicists at Oxford University with the help of infrared technology previously used for satellite imaging. The tragedy tells the story of the second siege of Thebes. A number of other Sophoclean works have survived only in fragments, including:

  • Aias Lokros (Ajax the Locrian)
  • Aias Mastigophoros (Ajax the Whip-Bearer)
  • Aigeus (Aegeus)
  • Aigisthos (Aegisthus)
  • Aikhmalôtides (The Captive Women)
  • Aithiopes (The Ethiopians), or Memnon
  • Akhaiôn Syllogos (The Gathering of the Achaeans)
  • Akhilleôs Erastai ([male] Lovers of Achilles)
  • Akrisios
  • Aleadae (The Sons of Aleus)
  • Aletes
  • Alexandros (Alexander)
  • Alcmeôn
  • Amphiaraus
  • Amphitryôn
  • Amycos
  • Andromache
  • Andromeda
  • Antenoridai (Sons of Antenor)
  • Athamas (two versions produced)
  • Atreus, or Mykenaiai
  • Camicoi
  • Cassandra
  • Cedaliôn
  • Cerberus
  • Chryseis
  • Clytemnestra
  • Colchides
  • Côphoi (Mute Ones)
  • Creusa
  • Crisis (Judgement)
  • Daedalus
  • Danae
  • Dionysiacus
  • Dolopes
  • Epigoni (The Progeny)
  • Eriphyle
  • Eris
  • Eumelus
  • Euryalus
  • Eurypylus
  • Eurysaces
  • Helenes Apaitesis (Helen's Demand)
  • Helenes Gamos (Helen's Marriage)
  • Herakles Epi Tainaro (Hercules At Taenarum)
  • Hermione
  • Hipponous
  • Hybris
  • Hydrophoroi (Water-Bearers)
  • Inachos
  • Iobates
  • Iokles
  • Iôn
  • Iphigenia
  • Ixiôn
  • Lacaenae (Lacaenian Women)
  • Laocoôn
  • Larisaioi
  • Lemniai (Lemnian Women)
  • Manteis (The Prophets) or Polyidus
  • Meleagros
  • Minôs
  • Momus
  • Mousai (Muses)
  • Mysoi (Mysians)
  • Nauplios Katapleon (Nauplius' Arrival)
  • Nauplios Pyrkaeus (Nauplius' Fires)
  • Nausicaa, or Plyntriai
  • Niobe
  • Odysseus Acanthoplex (Odysseus Scourged with Thorns)
  • Odysseus Mainomenos (Odysseus Gone Mad)
  • Oeneus
  • Oenomaus
  • Palamedes
  • Pandora, or Sphyrokopoi (Hammer-Strikers)
  • Pelias
  • Peleus
  • Phaiakes
  • Phaedra
  • Philoctetes In Troy
  • Phineus (two versions)
  • Phoenix
  • Phrixus
  • Phryges (Phrygians)
  • Phthiôtides
  • Poimenes (The Shepherds)
  • Polyxene
  • Priam
  • Procris
  • Rhizotomoi (The Root-Cutters)
  • Salmoneus
  • Sinon
  • Sisyphus
  • Skyrioi (Scyrians)
  • Skythai (Scythians)
  • Syndeipnoi (The Diners, or, The Banqueters)
  • Tantalus
  • Telephus
  • Tereus
  • Teukros (Teucer)
  • Thamyras
  • Theseus
  • Thyestes
  • Troilus
  • Triptolemos
  • Tympanistai (Drummers)
  • Tyndareos
  • Tyro Keiromene (Tyro Shorn)
  • Tyro Anagnorizomene (Tyro Rediscovered).
  • Xoanephoroi (Image-Bearers)

Sophocles' view of his own work

There is a passage of Plutarch's tract De Profectibus in Virtute 7 in which Sophocles discusses his own growth as a writer. A likely source of this material for Plutarch was the Epidemiae of Ion of Chios, a book that recorded many conversations of Sophocles; but a Hellenistic dialogue about tragedy, in which Sophocles appeared as a character, is also plausible. The former is a likely candidate to have contained Sophocles' discourse on his own development because Ion was a friend of Sophocles, and the book is known to have been used by Plutarch. Though some interpretations of Plutarch's words suggest that Sophocles says that he imitated Aeschylus, the translation does not fit grammatically, nor does the interpretation that Sophocles said that he was making fun of Aeschylus' works. C. M. Bowra argues for the following translation of the line: "After practising to the full the bigness of Aeschylus, then the painful ingenuity of my own invention, now in the third stage I am changing to the kind of diction which is most expressive of character and best."

Here Sophocles says that he has completed a stage of Aeschylus' work, meaning that he went through a phase of imitating Aeschylus' style but is finished with that. Sophocles' opinion of Aeschylus was mixed. He certainly respected him enough to imitate his work early on in his career, but he had reservations about Aeschylus' style, and thus did not keep his imitation up. Sophocles' first stage, in which he imitated Aeschylus, is marked by "Aeschylean pomp in the language". Sophocles' second stage was entirely his own. He introduced new ways of evoking feeling out of an audience, as in his Ajax, when Ajax is mocked by Athene, then the stage is emptied so that he may commit suicide alone. Sophocles mentions a third stage, distinct from the other two, in his discussion of his development. The third stage pays more heed to diction. His characters spoke in a way that was more natural to them and more expressive of their individual character feelings.

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Sophocles Article Talk Language Watch Edit 160 160 Redirected from Three Theban plays For other uses see Sophocles disambiguation Sophocles ˈ s ɒ f e k l iː z 1 Ancient Greek Sofoklῆs pronounced so pʰo klɛ ːs c 497 6 winter 406 5 BC 2 is one of three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived His first plays were written later than or contemporary with those of Aeschylus and earlier than or contemporary with those of Euripides Sophocles wrote over 120 plays 3 but only seven have survived in a complete form Ajax Antigone Women of Trachis Oedipus Rex Electra Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus 4 For almost fifty years Sophocles was the most celebrated playwright in the dramatic competitions of the city state of Athens which took place during the religious festivals of the Lenaea and the Dionysia He competed in thirty competitions won twenty four and was never judged lower than second place Aeschylus won thirteen competitions and was sometimes defeated by Sophocles Euripides won four 5 SophoclesBorn497 496 BC Colonus AtticaDied406 405 BC aged 90 92 AthensOccupationTragedianGenreTragedyNotable worksAjax Antigone Oedipus Rex Electra Oedipus at Colonus The most famous tragedies of Sophocles feature Oedipus and Antigone they are generally known as the Theban plays though each was part of a different tetralogy the other members of which are now lost Sophocles influenced the development of drama most importantly by adding a third actor attributed to Sophocles by Aristotle to Aeschylus by Themistius 6 thereby reducing the importance of the chorus in the presentation of the plot citation needed He also developed his characters to a greater extent than earlier playwrights 7 Contents 1 Life 1 1 Homosexuality 2 Works and legacy 2 1 Theban plays 2 1 1 Subjects 2 1 2 Composition and inconsistencies 2 2 Other plays 2 3 Fragmentary plays 2 4 Sophocles view of his own work 3 Namesake 4 See also 5 Notes 6 References 7 External linksLife Edit A marble relief of a poet perhaps Sophocles Sophocles the son of Sophillus was a wealthy member of the rural deme small community of Hippeios Colonus in Attica which was to become a setting for one of his plays and he was probably born there 2 8 a few years before the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC the exact year is unclear but 497 6 is most likely 2 9 He was born into a wealthy family his father was an armour manufacturer and was highly educated His first artistic triumph was in 468 BC when he took first prize in the Dionysia beating the reigning master of Athenian drama Aeschylus 2 10 According to Plutarch the victory came under unusual circumstances instead of following the usual custom of choosing judges by lot the archon asked Cimon and the other strategoi present to decide the victor of the contest Plutarch further contends that following this loss Aeschylus soon left for Sicily 11 Though Plutarch says that this was Sophocles first production it is now thought that his first production was probably in 470 BC 8 Triptolemus was probably one of the plays that Sophocles presented at this festival 8 In 480 BC Sophocles was chosen to lead the paean a choral chant to a god celebrating the Greek victory over the Persians at the Battle of Salamis 12 Early in his career the politician Cimon might have been one of his patrons but if he was there was no ill will borne by Pericles Cimon s rival when Cimon was ostracized in 461 BC 2 In 443 2 Sophocles served as one of the Hellenotamiai or treasurers of Athena helping to manage the finances of the city during the political ascendancy of Pericles 2 In 441 BC according to the Vita Sophoclis he was elected one of the ten generals executive officials at Athens as a junior colleague of Pericles and he served in the Athenian campaign against Samos He was supposed to have been elected to this position as the result of his production of Antigone 13 but this is most improbable 14 In 420 BC he was chosen to receive the image of Asclepius in his own house when the cult was being introduced to Athens and lacked a proper place temenos 15 For this he was given the posthumous epithet Dexion receiver by the Athenians 16 But some doubt attaches to this story 15 He was also elected in 411 BC one of the commissioners probouloi who responded to the catastrophic destruction of the Athenian expeditionary force in Sicily during the Peloponnesian War 17 Sophocles died at the age of 90 or 91 in the winter of 406 5 BC having seen within his lifetime both the Greek triumph in the Persian Wars and the bloodletting of the Peloponnesian War 2 As with many famous men in classical antiquity his death inspired a number of apocryphal stories The most famous citation needed is the suggestion that he died from the strain of trying to recite a long sentence from his Antigone without pausing to take a breath Another account suggests he choked while eating grapes at the Anthesteria festival in Athens A third holds that he died of happiness after winning his final victory at the City Dionysia 18 A few months later a comic poet in a play titled The Muses wrote this eulogy Blessed is Sophocles who had a long life was a man both happy and talented and the writer of many good tragedies and he ended his life well without suffering any misfortune 19 According to some accounts however his own sons tried to have him declared incompetent near the end of his life and that he refuted their charge in court by reading from his new Oedipus at Colonus 20 One of his sons Iophon and a grandson called Sophocles also became playwrights 21 Homosexuality Edit An ancient source Athenaeus s work Sophists at Dinner contains references to Sophocles sexuality In that work a character named Myrtilus claims that Sophocles was partial to boys in the same way that Euripides was partial to women 22 23 filomeῖra3 dὲ ἦn ὁ Sofoklῆs ὡs Eὐripidhs filogynhs 24 and relates an anecdote attributed to Ion of Chios of Sophocles flirting with a serving boy at a symposium boylei me ἡdews pinein bradews toinyn kaὶ prosfere moi kaὶ ἀpofere tὴn kylika 24 Do you want me to enjoy my drink Then hand me the cup nice and slow and take it back nice and slow too 22 He also says that Hieronymus of Rhodes in his Historical Notes claims that Sophocles once led a boy outside the city walls for sex and that the boy snatched Sophocles cloak xlanis khlanis leaving his own child sized robe paidikὸn ἱmation for Sophocles 25 26 Moreover when Euripides heard about this it was much discussed he mocked the disdainful treatment saying that he had himself had sex with the boy but had not given him anything more than his usual fee 27 ἀllὰ mhdὲn pros8eῖnai 28 or but that nothing had been taken off 29 ἀllὰ mhdὲn proe8ῆnai 30 In response Sophocles composed this elegy Ἥlios ἦn oὐ paῖs Eὐripidh ὅs me xliainwn gymnὸn ἐpoihsen soὶ dὲ filoῦnti ἑtairan Borrᾶs ὡmilhse sὺ d oὐ sofos ὃs tὸn Ἔrwta ἀllotrian speirwn lwpodythn ἀpageis 31 It was the Sun Euripides and not a boy that got me hot and stripped me naked But the North Wind was with you when you were kissing a courtesan You re not so clever if you arrest Eros for stealing clothes while you re sowing another man s field 32 Works and legacy Edit Portrait of the Greek actor Euiaon in Sophocles Andromeda c 430 BC Sophocles is known for innovations in dramatic structure deeper development of characters than earlier playwrights 7 and if it was not Aeschylus the addition of a third actor 33 which further reduced the role of the chorus and increased opportunities for development and conflict 7 Aeschylus who dominated Athenian playwriting during Sophocles early career adopted the third actor into his own work 7 Besides the third actor Aristotle credits Sophocles with the introduction of skenographia or scenery painting but this too is attributed elsewhere to someone else by Vitruvius to Agatharchus of Samos 33 After Aeschylus died in 456 BC Sophocles became the pre eminent playwright in Athens 2 winning competitions at eighteen Dionysia and six Lenaia festivals 2 His reputation was such that foreign rulers invited him to attend their courts but unlike Aeschylus who died in Sicily or Euripides who spent time in Macedon Sophocles never accepted any of these invitations 2 Aristotle in his Poetics c 335 BC used Sophocles Oedipus Rex as an example of the highest achievement in tragedy 34 Only two of the seven surviving plays 35 can be dated securely Philoctetes to 409 BC and Oedipus at Colonus to 401 BC staged after his death by his grandson Of the others Electra shows stylistic similarities to these two suggesting that it was probably written in the later part of his career Ajax Antigone and The Trachiniae are generally thought early again based on stylistic elements and Oedipus Rex is put in a middle period Most of Sophocles plays show an undercurrent of early fatalism and the beginnings of Socratic logic as a mainstay for the long tradition of Greek tragedy 36 37 Theban plays Edit The Theban plays comprise three plays Oedipus Rex also called Oedipus Tyrannus or Oedipus the King Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone All three concern the fate of Thebes during and after the reign of King Oedipus 38 They have often been published under a single cover 39 but Sophocles wrote them for separate festival competitions many years apart The Theban plays are not a proper trilogy i e three plays presented as a continuous narrative nor an intentional series they contain inconsistencies 38 Sophocles also wrote other plays pertaining to Thebes such as the Epigoni but only fragments have survived 40 Subjects Edit The three plays involve the tale of Oedipus who kills his father and marries his mother not knowing they are his parents His family is cursed for three generations In Oedipus Rex Oedipus is the protagonist His infanticide is planned by his parents Laius and Jocasta to prevent him fulfilling a prophecy but the servant entrusted with the infanticide passes the infant on through a series of intermediaries to a childless couple who adopt him not knowing his history Oedipus eventually learns of the Delphic Oracle s prophecy of him that he would kill his father and marry his mother he attempts to flee his fate without harming those he knows as his parents at this point he does not know that he is adopted Oedipus meets a man at a crossroads accompanied by servants Oedipus and the man fight and Oedipus kills the man who was his father Laius although neither knew at the time He becomes the ruler of Thebes after solving the riddle of the Sphinx and in the process marries the widowed queen his mother Jocasta Thus the stage is set for horror When the truth comes out following from another true but confusing prophecy from Delphi Jocasta commits suicide Oedipus blinds himself and leaves Thebes At the end of the play order is restored This restoration is seen when Creon brother of Jocasta becomes king and also when Oedipus before going off to exile asks Creon to take care of his children Oedipus s children will always bear the weight of shame and humiliation because of their father s actions 41 In Oedipus at Colonus the banished Oedipus and his daughter Antigone arrive at the town of Colonus where they encounter Theseus King of Athens Oedipus dies and strife begins between his sons Polyneices and Eteocles They fight and simultaneously run each other through In Antigone the protagonist is Oedipus daughter Antigone She is faced with the choice of allowing her brother Polyneices body to remain unburied outside the city walls exposed to the ravages of wild animals or to bury him and face death The king of the land Creon has forbidden the burial of Polyneices for he was a traitor to the city Antigone decides to bury his body and face the consequences of her actions Creon sentences her to death Eventually Creon is persuaded to free Antigone from her punishment but his decision comes too late and Antigone commits suicide Her suicide triggers the suicide of two others close to King Creon his son Haemon who was to wed Antigone and his wife Eurydice who commits suicide after losing her only surviving son Composition and inconsistencies Edit Oedipus at Colonus by Jean Antoine Theodore Giroust 1788 Dallas Museum of Art The plays were written across thirty six years of Sophocles career and were not composed in chronological order but instead were written in the order Antigone Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus Nor were they composed as a trilogy a group of plays to be performed together but are the remaining parts of three different groups of plays As a result there are some inconsistencies notably Creon is the undisputed king at the end of Oedipus Rex and in consultation with Apollo single handedly makes the decision to expel Oedipus from Thebes Creon is also instructed to look after Oedipus daughters Antigone and Ismene at the end of Oedipus Rex By contrast in the other plays there is some struggle with Oedipus sons Eteocles and Polynices in regard to the succession In Oedipus at Colonus Sophocles attempts to work these inconsistencies into a coherent whole Ismene explains that in light of their tainted family lineage her brothers were at first willing to cede the throne to Creon Nevertheless they eventually decided to take charge of the monarchy with each brother disputing the other s right to succeed In addition to being in a clearly more powerful position in Oedipus at Colonus Eteocles and Polynices are also culpable they consent l 429 Theodoridis tr to their father s going to exile which is one of his bitterest charges against them 38 Other plays Edit In addition to the three Theban plays there are four surviving plays by Sophocles Ajax Women of Trachis Electra and Philoctetes the last of which won first prize in 409 BC 42 Ajax focuses on the proud hero of the Trojan War Telamonian Ajax who is driven to treachery and eventually suicide Ajax becomes gravely upset when Achilles armor is presented to Odysseus instead of himself Despite their enmity toward him Odysseus persuades the kings Menelaus and Agamemnon to grant Ajax a proper burial The Women of Trachis named for the Trachinian women who make up the chorus dramatizes Deianeira s accidentally killing Heracles after he had completed his famous twelve labors Tricked into thinking it is a love charm Deianeira applies poison to an article of Heracles clothing this poisoned robe causes Heracles to die an excruciating death Upon learning the truth Deianeira commits suicide Electra corresponds roughly to the plot of Aeschylus Libation Bearers It details how Electra and Orestes avenge their father Agamemnon s murder by Clytemnestra and Aegisthus Philoctetes retells the story of Philoctetes an archer who had been abandoned on Lemnos by the rest of the Greek fleet while on the way to Troy After learning that they cannot win the Trojan War without Philoctetes bow the Greeks send Odysseus and Neoptolemus to retrieve him due to the Greeks earlier treachery however Philoctetes refuses to rejoin the army It is only Heracles deus ex machina appearance that persuades Philoctetes to go to Troy Fragmentary plays Edit Although over 120 titles of plays associated with Sophocles are known and presented below 43 little is known of the precise dating of most of them Philoctetes is known to have been written in 409 BC and Oedipus at Colonus is known to have only been performed in 401 BC posthumously at the initiation of Sophocles grandson The convention on writing plays for the Greek festivals was to submit them in tetralogies of three tragedies along with one satyr play Along with the unknown dating of the vast majority of over 120 plays it is also largely unknown how the plays were grouped It is however known that the three plays referred to in the modern era as the Theban plays were never performed together in Sophocles own lifetime and are therefore not a trilogy which they are sometimes erroneously seen as Fragments of Ichneutae Tracking Satyrs were discovered in Egypt in 1907 44 These amount to about half of the play making it the best preserved satyr play after Euripides Cyclops which survives in its entirety 44 Fragments of the Epigoni were discovered in April 2005 by classicists at Oxford University with the help of infrared technology previously used for satellite imaging The tragedy tells the story of the second siege of Thebes 40 A number of other Sophoclean works have survived only in fragments including Aias Lokros Ajax the Locrian Aias Mastigophoros Ajax the Whip Bearer Aigeus Aegeus Aigisthos Aegisthus Aikhmalotides The Captive Women Aithiopes The Ethiopians or Memnon Akhaion Syllogos The Gathering of the Achaeans Akhilleos Erastai male Lovers of Achilles Akrisios Aleadae The Sons of Aleus Aletes Alexandros Alexander Alcmeon Amphiaraus Amphitryon Amycos Andromache Andromeda Antenoridai Sons of Antenor Athamas two versions produced Atreus or Mykenaiai Camicoi Cassandra Cedalion Cerberus Chryseis Clytemnestra Colchides Cophoi Mute Ones Creusa Crisis Judgement Daedalus Danae Dionysiacus Dolopes Epigoni The Progeny Eriphyle Eris Eumelus Euryalus Eurypylus Eurysaces Helenes Apaitesis Helen s Demand Helenes Gamos Helen s Marriage Herakles Epi Tainaro Hercules At Taenarum Hermione Hipponous Hybris Hydrophoroi Water Bearers Inachos Iobates Iokles Ion Iphigenia Ixion Lacaenae Lacaenian Women Laocoon Larisaioi Lemniai Lemnian Women Manteis The Prophets or Polyidus Meleagros Minos Momus Mousai Muses Mysoi Mysians Nauplios Katapleon Nauplius Arrival Nauplios Pyrkaeus Nauplius Fires Nausicaa or Plyntriai Niobe Odysseus Acanthoplex Odysseus Scourged with Thorns Odysseus Mainomenos Odysseus Gone Mad Oeneus Oenomaus Palamedes Pandora or Sphyrokopoi Hammer Strikers Pelias Peleus Phaiakes Phaedra Philoctetes In Troy Phineus two versions Phoenix Phrixus Phryges Phrygians Phthiotides Poimenes The Shepherds Polyxene Priam Procris Rhizotomoi The Root Cutters Salmoneus Sinon Sisyphus Skyrioi Scyrians Skythai Scythians Syndeipnoi The Diners or The Banqueters Tantalus Telephus Tereus Teukros Teucer Thamyras Theseus Thyestes Troilus Triptolemos Tympanistai Drummers Tyndareos Tyro Keiromene Tyro Shorn Tyro Anagnorizomene Tyro Rediscovered Xoanephoroi Image Bearers Sophocles view of his own work Edit There is a passage of Plutarch s tract De Profectibus in Virtute 7 in which Sophocles discusses his own growth as a writer A likely source of this material for Plutarch was the Epidemiae of Ion of Chios a book that recorded many conversations of Sophocles but a Hellenistic dialogue about tragedy in which Sophocles appeared as a character is also plausible 45 The former is a likely candidate to have contained Sophocles discourse on his own development because Ion was a friend of Sophocles and the book is known to have been used by Plutarch 46 Though some interpretations of Plutarch s words suggest that Sophocles says that he imitated Aeschylus the translation does not fit grammatically nor does the interpretation that Sophocles said that he was making fun of Aeschylus works C M Bowra argues for the following translation of the line After practising to the full the bigness of Aeschylus then the painful ingenuity of my own invention now in the third stage I am changing to the kind of diction which is most expressive of character and best 47 Here Sophocles says that he has completed a stage of Aeschylus work meaning that he went through a phase of imitating Aeschylus style but is finished with that Sophocles opinion of Aeschylus was mixed He certainly respected him enough to imitate his work early on in his career but he had reservations about Aeschylus style 48 and thus did not keep his imitation up Sophocles first stage in which he imitated Aeschylus is marked by Aeschylean pomp in the language 49 Sophocles second stage was entirely his own He introduced new ways of evoking feeling out of an audience as in his Ajax when Ajax is mocked by Athene then the stage is emptied so that he may commit suicide alone 50 Sophocles mentions a third stage distinct from the other two in his discussion of his development The third stage pays more heed to diction His characters spoke in a way that was more natural to them and more expressive of their individual character feelings 51 Namesake EditSophocles crater a crater on Mercury See also EditTheatre of ancient GreeceNotes Edit Jones Daniel Roach Peter James Hartman and Jane Setter eds Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary 17th edition Cambridge UP 2006 a b c d e f g h i j Sommerstein 2002 p 41 The exact number is unknown the Suda says he wrote 123 another ancient source says 130 but no exact number is possible see Lloyd Jones 2003 p 3 Suda ed Finkel et al s v Sofoklῆs Sophocles at the Encyclopaedia Britannica LLoyd Jones H ed and trans 1997 Introduction inSophocles I Sophocles Cambridge Massachusetts London England Loeb Classical Library Harvard University Press p 9 ISBN 9780674995574 a b c d Freeman p 247 a b c Sommerstein 2007 p xi Lloyd Jones 1994 p 7 Freeman p 246 Life of Cimon 8 Plutarch is mistaken about Aeschylus death during this trip he went on to produce dramas in Athens for another decade McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama An International Reference Work in 5 Volumes Volume 1 Sophocles Beer 2004 p 69 Lloyd Jones 1994 p 12 a b Lloyd Jones 1994 p 13 Clinton Kevin The Epidauria and the Arrival of Asclepius in Athens in Ancient Greek Cult Practice from the Epigraphical Evidence edited by R Hagg Stockholm 1994 Lloyd Jones 1994 pp 12 13 Schultz 1835 pp 150 51 Lucas 1964 p 128 Cicero recounts this story in his De Senectute 7 22 Sommerstein 2002 pp 41 42 a b Athenaeus 2011 The Learned Banqueters Volume VII Douglas Olson S ed and trans Cambridge Massachusetts London England Loeb Classical Library Harvard University Press p 53 ISBN 9780674996731 Athenaeus 1854 The Deipnosophists Attalus org XIII Translated by Yonge Charles Duke London Henry G Bohn pp 603 4 LCCN 2002554451 Retrieved 24 April 2021 a b Athenaeus 2011 The Learned Banqueters Volume VII Douglas Olson S ed and trans Cambridge Massachusetts London England Loeb Classical Library Harvard University Press p 52 ISBN 9780674996731 Athenaeus 2011 The Learned Banqueters Volume VII Douglas Olson S ed and trans Cambridge Massachusetts London England Loeb Classical Library Harvard University Press pp 56 57 ISBN 9780674996731 Fortenbaugh William Wall Lyco and Traos and Hieronymus of Rhodes Text Translation and Discussion Transaction Publishers 2004 ISBN 978 1 4128 2773 7 p 161 Athenaeus 2011 The Learned Banqueters Volume VII Douglas Olson S ed and trans Cambridge Massachusetts London England Loeb Classical Library Harvard University Press p 57 ISBN 9780674996731 Athenaeus 2011 The Learned Banqueters Volume VII Douglas Olson S ed and trans Cambridge Massachusetts London England Loeb Classical Library Harvard University Press p 56 ISBN 9780674996731 Sophocles 1992 Greek Lyric Volume IV Bacchylides Corinna and Others Campbell D A ed and trans Cambridge Massachusetts London England Loeb Classical Library Harvard University Press p 333 ISBN 9780674995086 Sophocles 1992 Greek Lyric Volume IV Bacchylides Corinna and Others Campbell D A ed and trans Cambridge Massachusetts London England Loeb Classical Library Harvard University Press p 332 ISBN 9780674995086 Athenaeus 2011 The Learned Banqueters Volume VII Douglas Olson S ed and trans Cambridge Massachusetts London England Loeb Classical Library Harvard University Press p 58 ISBN 9780674996731 Athenaeus 2011 The Learned Banqueters Volume VII Douglas Olson S ed and trans Cambridge Massachusetts London England Loeb Classical Library Harvard University Press p 59 ISBN 9780674996731 a b Lloyd Jones 1994 p 9 Aristotle Ars Poetica The first printed edition of the seven plays is by Aldus Manutius in Venice 1502 Sophoclis tragaediae sic septem cum commentariis Despite the addition cum commentariis in the title the Aldine edition did not include the ancient scholia to Sophocles These had to wait until 1518 when Janus Lascaris brought out the relevant edition in Rome Lloyd Jones 1994 pp 8 9 Scullion pp 85 86 rejects attempts to date Antigone to shortly before 441 0 based on an anecdote that the play led to Sophocles election as general On other grounds he cautiously suggests c 450 BC a b c Sophocles ed Grene and Lattimore pp 1 2 See for example Sophocles The Theban Plays Penguin Books 1947 Sophocles I Oedipus the King Oedipus at Colonus Antigone University of Chicago 1991 Sophocles The Theban Plays Antigone King Oidipous Oidipous at Colonus Focus Publishing R Pullins Company 2002 Sophocles The Oedipus Cycle Oedipus Rex Oedipus at Colonus Antigone Harvest Books 2002 Sophocles Works Loeb Classical Library Vol I London W Heinemann New York Macmillan 1912 often reprinted the 1994 Loeb however prints Sophocles in chronological order a b Murray Matthew Newly Readable Oxyrhynchus Papyri Reveal Works by Sophocles Lucian and Others Archived 11 April 2006 at the Wayback Machine Theatermania 18 April 2005 Retrieved 9 July 2007 Sophocles Oedipus the King The Norton Anthology of Western Literature Gen ed Peter Simon 8th ed Vol 1 New York Norton 1984 648 52 Print ISBN 0 393 92572 2 Freeman pp 247 48 Lloyd Jones 2003 pp 3 9 a b Seaford p 1361 Sophocles 1997 Sophocles I Lloyd Jones H ed and trans Cambridge MA London England Loeb Classical Library Harvard University Press p 11 ISBN 9780674995574 Bowra p 386 Bowra p 401 Bowra p 389 Bowra p 392 Bowra p 396 Bowra pp 385 401 References EditBeer Josh 2004 Sophocles and the Tragedy of Athenian Democracy Greenwood Publishing ISBN 0 313 28946 8 Bowra C M 1940 Sophocles on His Own Development American Journal of Philology 61 4 385 401 doi 10 2307 291377 JSTOR 291377 Finkel Raphael Adler number sigma 815 Suda on Line Byzantine Lexicography Retrieved 14 March 2007 Freeman Charles 1999 The Greek Achievement The Foundation of the Western World New York Viking Press ISBN 0 670 88515 0 Hubbard Thomas K 2003 Homosexuality in Greece and Rome A Sourcebook of Basic Documents Johnson Marguerite amp Terry Ryan 2005 Sexuality in Greek and Roman Society and Literature A Sourcebook Routledge ISBN 0 415 17331 0 978 0 415 17331 5 Lloyd Jones Hugh amp Wilson Nigel Guy ed 1990 Sophoclis Fabulae Oxford Classical Texts Lloyd Jones Hugh ed 1994 Sophocles Ajax Electra Oedipus Tyrannus Edited and translated by Hugh Lloyd Jones Loeb Classical Library No 20 Lloyd Jones Hugh ed 1994 Sophocles Antigone The Women of Trachis Philoctetes Oedipus at Colonus Edited and translated by Hugh Lloyd Jones Loeb Classical Library No 21 Lloyd Jones Hugh ed 1996 Sophocles Fragments Edited and translated by Hugh Lloyd Jones Loeb Classical Library No 483 Lucas Donald William 1964 The Greek Tragic Poets W W Norton amp Co Plato Plato in Twelve Volumes Vols 5 amp 6 translated by Paul Shorey Cambridge MA Harvard University Press London William Heinemann Ltd 1969 Schultz Ferdinand 1835 De vita Sophoclis poetae commentatio Phil Diss Berlin Scullion Scott 2002 Tragic dates Classical Quarterly new sequence 52 pp 81 101 Seaford Richard A S 2003 Satyric drama In Simon Hornblower and Antony Spawforth ed The Oxford Classical Dictionary revised 3rd ed Oxford Oxford University Press p 1361 ISBN 978 0 19 860641 3 Smith Philip 1867 Sophocles In William Smith ed Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology Vol 3 Boston Little Brown and Company pp 865 73 Archived from the original on 2 February 2007 Retrieved 19 February 2007 Sommerstein Alan Herbert 2002 Greek Drama and Dramatists Routledge ISBN 0 415 26027 2 Sommerstein Alan Herbert 2007 General Introduction pp xi xxix in Sommerstein A H Fitzpatrick D and Tallboy T Sophocles Selected Fragmentary Plays Volume 1 Aris and Phillips ISBN 0 85668 766 9 Sophocles Sophocles I Oedipus the King Oedipus at Colonus Antigone 2nd ed Grene David and Lattimore Richard eds Chicago University of Chicago 1991 Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc Macropaedia Knowledge In Depth The New Encyclopaedia Britannica 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