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Sophocles

[sof-uh-kleez]
noun
  1. 495?–406? b.c., Greek dramatist.
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Related formsSoph·o·cle·an [sof-uh-klee-uh n] /ˌsɒf əˈkli ən/, adjective
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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.

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

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

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    Paul Klapper

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


British Dictionary definitions for sophocles

Sophocles

noun
  1. ?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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Derived FormsSophoclean (ˌsɒfəˈkliːən), adjective
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Word Origin and History for sophocles

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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