Definition of Sophocles

1. Noun. One of the great tragedians of ancient Greece (496-406 BC).

Generic synonyms: Dramatist, Playwright



Definition of Sophocles

1. Proper noun. A Greek dramatic poet (ca.495 BC – 406 BC); Sophocles was one of the three greatest Greek tragedians. In the Athenian dramatic competitions of the Festival of Dionysus, he won more first prizes (around 20) than any other playwright, and placed second in all others he participated in. He is best remembered for his ''Oedipus Cycle'' of plays. ¹

2. Proper noun. (Ancient Greek male given name), mostly representing transliteration of the modern Greek (term ???????? lang=el). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Literary usage of Sophocles

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1. The Attic Orators from Antiphon to Isaeos by Richard Claverhouse Jebb (1893)
"If, however — and this is the popular notion—Euripides is to be called the " human " poet in contrast with, for instance, sophocles; if it is meant that ..."

2. Dictionary of National Biography by Leslie Stephen (1885)
"JFP ADAMS, GEORGE (1698 P-1768 P), translator, in prose, of sophocles, dramatic poet, and probably a polemic and apologist, was sometime a fellow of St. ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"sophocles was probably also acquainted with a great many other distinguished men. ... In this branch the young sophocles was trained by the famous musician, ..."

4. British Poets of the Nineteenth Century: Poems by Wordsworth, Coleridge by Curtis Hidden Page (1910)
"sophocles. I did indeed drive off the buzz About our honey, darken it, and sting ; We laugh at them, for under hands like ours. ..."

5. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"sophocles followed him in a few months, but not before he had been able to honor the memory of ... Euripides was only fifteen years younger than sophocles. ..."

6. The Quarterly Review by William Gifford, John Taylor Coleridge, John Gibson Lockhart, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, William Smith, John Murray, Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle, George Walter Prothero (1903)
"sophocles: the Plays and Fragments, with critical Notes, Commentary, and Translation ... Fortunate sophocles! with wealth and wit Together blest he lived, ..."

7. Euripides and the Spirit of His Dramas by Paul Decharme (1906)
"CHAPTER I CHOICE OF SUBJECTS I EURIPIDES IN RELATION TO AESCHYLUS AND sophocles THE LOST TRAGEDIES THEIR SOURCES WE have studied Euripides the philosopher; ..."

8. The Growth and Influence of Classical Greek Poetry: Lectures Delivered in by Richard Claverhouse Jebb (1893)
"A contemporary could thus sum up his life : — " Thrice happy sophocles ! ... The most important change made by sophocles in the form of Tragedy consisted ..."

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