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Sophocles Sophocles (495-406 BC) modified the form of tragedy by introducing a third actor and developing stage scenery.

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He wrote some 120 plays, of which seven tragedies survive. These are Antigone in 441, Oedipus Tyrannus, Electro, Ajax, Trachiniae, Philoctetes in 409, and Oedipus at Colonus in 401.

Sophocles lived in Athens at the time of Pericles, a period of great prosperity. He was a popular man and a friend of Herodotus. In his tragedies human will plays a greater part than that of the gods, as in the plays of Aeschylus, and his characters are generally heroic. A large fragment of a satyric play (a tragedy treated in a grotesquely comic fashion) Ichneutae also survives.

Why is Sophocles famous?

Sophocles was a Greek dramatist who, with Aeschylus and Euripides, is one of the three great tragedians.

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Date Added: 25 June '12

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