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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),
adjective Unabridged
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  • The Sampson Agonistes is formed upon the model of Sophocles.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • There was no 'second or third' to Aeschylus and Sophocles in the generation which followed them.

    The Republic Plato
  • I admire also Sophocles as a tragedian, Polycleitus as a sculptor, and Zeuxis as a painter.

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • Lectures with reading and study of the plays of Æschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • Is there not an infusion of Xenophon in Sophocles, as compared to Æschylus,—a dilution?

    Letters of Edward FitzGerald Edward FitzGerald
  • I hear the nightingales' sweet song In answer to the song of Sophocles!

    Life Immovable Kostes Palamas
  • I am like the man in Sophocles—always the possession of the last speaker!

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for Sophocles


?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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Word Origin and History for Sophocles

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 in Culture
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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