Sophocles ' Antigone : An Ancient Greek Writer And Philosopher

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Sophocles is an Ancient Greek writer and philosopher, who wrote one of the greatest stories of all tome Antigone. Sophocles is also said to be one of the greatest minds in achievements and times of Sophocles’. Sophocles was born about 496 BC at Colonus in Attica, near Athens and died 406 BC. He lived in the most brilliant intellectual period of Athens. Sophocles, his father, was a wealthy Athenian citizen and gave him a sound education in music, gymnastics, and dancing. He was well known as having a reputation for leaving and esthetic taste. He was well versed in Homer and the Greek lyric poets, and because of his industriousness he was known as the “Attic Bee’’. Do to his youthful beauty, he was chosen to lead the chorus in the Paen of thanksgiving for the naval victory at salamis in 480 BC.” In Sophocles’ long life je several times held public office, party do to fame as a dramatist and his gentle qualities as a man. “In 440 BC he was appointed one of the generals in the war which Pericles led against Samos, and in 413 BC.” He was also one of the ten commissioners appointed after the failure of the expedition to Sicily, to govern Athens. Pericles once said to him “you know how to write poetry, but you certainly don’t know how to command an army” Sophocles first won first prize in a competition with Aeschylus, on 468 BC at the age of twenty-eight. During his career he never won less than second prize and gained first prize twenty times, more than any…
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