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[sof-uh-kleez] /ˈsɒf əˌkliz/
495?–406? b.c, Greek dramatist.
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[sof-uh-klee-uh n] /ˌsɒf əˈkli ən/ (Show IPA),
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?496–406 bc, Greek dramatist; author of seven extant tragedies: Ajax, Antigone, Oedipus Rex, Trachiniae, Electra, Philoctetes, and Oedipus at Colonus
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Sophoclean (ˌsɒfəˈkliːən) adjective
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Athenian tragic poet (c.496-406 B.C.E.), the name is Greek Sophokles, literally "famed for wisdom," from sophos "wise" (see sophist) + *-kles "fame" (see Damocles). Related: Sophoclean.

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Sophocles [(sof-uh-kleez)]

An ancient Greek poet, author of Oedipus Rex and Antigone. He is counted, with Euripides and Aeschylus, among the great Greek authors of tragedies.

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