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Sophocles
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(497/496, Athens – 406 bce), Athenian tragedian, who had his debut in 470. Seven of his plays (out of probably 113) have survived: Ajax and the Trachinian Women, written in the 450s, Antigone (c. 440), Oedipus the King (436–433), Electra (a late work), Philoctetes (409), and Oedipus at Colonus (performed posthumously in 401). His tragedies present individuals in extreme situations, whose behavior can overstep the limits of hubris. The protagonists are contrasted with figures representing the average person (Chrysothemis, Ismene…

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Zimmermann, Bernhard, “Sophocles”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025635>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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