FC: Sophocles scrapbook project By: Adonis mullins
1: Table of contents Page 1: Early life page 2: Sophocles 1st play write page 3: Various jobs page 4: "Family life" page 5:personality page 6:plays page 7:antigone page 8:Oedipus Rex page 9:Sophocles death page 10: Sophocles truth
2: Sophocles , the son of a wealthy member of a small community (deme in Greece) his name was sophilus. Sophocles was most likely born in colonus hippius in Attica. he was born a few years before the battle of marathon. as a child Sophocles knew all the comforts of a booming Greek empire, and by the age of sixteen he was known for his beauty and race and was in a choir of boys at a celebration of the victory of salamis.
3: Twelve years after that he was allowed to compete in the city of Dionysian( a festival held every year in the theatre of Dionysus. It was only Sophocles first play and he had won first place and had even beat Aeschylus, whom was a great play writer at the time. Sophocles play rite that beat Aeschylus was called triptolemus
4: Besides being a play writer, dramatist, and poet, Sophocles was a general who was good friends with Pericles (who he was entrusted with the task of putting down the rebellion of Samos); he also was associated with the cult of the minor god Asclepius and was one of their main priests.
5: Sophocles married a woman named Nicostrata and later had a son named Lophon by his wife. There are lots of rumors of Sophocles family life. One rumor is that Sophocles was having affairs with other women and had other children. Lophon saw that and charged him with having illegitimate childrenand then claimed Sophocles to be senile which Sophocles proved he was not be reciting a part from his last play.
6: Sophocles was also to be said a lovable, charming and handsome person. Where ever he went he was loved be everyone and he loved them right back. | After he died he was worshipped as a hero. Aristophanes sums up Sophocles as “contented among the living, contented among the dead”. | Sophocles was always at home in Athens and had no temptation what-so-ever to seek out his fortunes in foreign courts unlike some of him colleagues did.
7: Sophocles had 123 plays written and of this large number only seven dramas survive and are full length plays. These plays are known as 1.antigone, 2.ajax, 3.philoctetes, 4.oedipus at colonus, 5.women of trachis, 6. Electra and 7.oedipus Rex (Oedipus also known as Tyrannus). Three of most well-known plays deal with fortunes of the Theban royal family. It is also believed to have added the third character to his plays.
8: Antigone is a play written by Sophocles. It is a about a young passionate woman who refuses to follow earthly authority when it prohibits a proper burial for her brother who died polyneices, It illustrates rival claim of state and one’s individual conscience. For many it is an excellent example for the modern social dramatist.
9: Oedipus rex is one Sophocles is one of the many famous plays that people know. The play is about a child whose prophecy is to kill his father and take the throne but the king send s the baby to get killed the mom doesn’t do it and she sends the baby to another town, when he kills his father in a fight on the road he takes his throne and marries his mom (all the while he doesn’t know he is related. Then he gouges out his eyes when he finds out.
10: Sophocles dies in 406 BCE, his epitaph was written by a fellow poet who just shoved compliments down his dead throat and how wonderful he was. He was known as a calm nature and lovable man which was very different from the very hot tempered Oedipus that most which would wrongly identify him as. His contributions to literature and dramatic works were astonishing.
11: Sophocles truth was what he believed in his plays. His plays represent whatever goes inhis mind, it let us known what things likes, his favorite day, even his favorite child but it is not really obvious. Some of his plays portray woman as strong willed and powerful unlike many men who see woman as baby machines in that time.