A biography of of sophocles an ancient greek playwright

In this drama, place could be shifted with a license that would have astonished the most romantic of Elizabethan dramatists, the action could leap back in time in a way reminiscent of the flashback of the modern cinema, and events could be telescoped with the abandon of Expressionism.

It is a mark of the piety of those audiences that the same reverent festivals supported a leavening of satyr plays and comedies, bawdy and irreverent comments on the themes of the tragedies, culminating in the wildly inventive satires of Aristophanes c.

On the one hand, some playwrights developed a tragedy rigidly based in form upon Neoclassical notions of Aristotelian unity, controlled by verse that is more regular than that of the Spanish or English dramatists.

A Greek drama was in many ways much simpler than a modern drama. Of the others, Electra shows stylistic similarities to these two plays, which suggests that it was probably written in the latter part of his career. The Women of Trachis named for the Trachinian women who make up the chorus dramatizes Deianeira 's accidentally killing Heracles after he had completed his famous twelve labors.

Drama is the most wide-ranging of all the arts: Drama is a conventional game, and spectators cannot participate if the rules are constantly broken.

The Oedipus Trilogy

Popular as he was, the Athenian dramatists often walked a fine line between innovation and irreverence. When there is a pause in the action, the Chorus will fill up the time with their song.

To the Greeks this god personified both spring and the vintage, the latter a very important time of year in a vine-growing country, and he was a symbol to them of that power there is in man of rising out of himself, of being impelled onwards by a joy within him that he cannot explain, but which makes him go forward, walking, as it were, on the wings of the wind, of the spirit that fills him with a deep sense of worship.

It was not until after the death of the old master Aeschylus in BC that Sophocles became the pre-eminent playwright in Athens. He developed friendships Socrates and Anaxagoras, both unconventional philsophers, as well as the General Alcibiades.

Sophocles Additional Biography

Here is a bit from Antigone: In such a play, stage time will follow chronological time almost exactly; and if the drama is broken into three, four, or five acts, the spectator will expect each change of scene to adjust the clock or the calendar.

Nevertheless, some of the dramatic techniques of these playwrights influenced the shape and content of plays of later times.

For instance, when in Agamemnon the chorus describes the title character's sacrifice of his own daughter Iphigenia, Aeschylus has them speak of "staining fatherly hands with virgin-slaughtered streams of blood" Ag.

He wrote around one hundred and twenty-three plays for the Athenian theatre, and won twenty-four festivals -- he placed second in every festival that did not win.

Common elements of drama Despite the immense diversity of drama as a cultural activity, all plays have certain elements in common. If these accounts were complete, the information given there would be among the best primary evidence available for drama in the Classical Age.

He was very religious. Sophocles did not fight, but he saw his house and all of Athensincluding the Parthenonburned by the Persians before the Athenians beat them. Personal life[ edit ] Aeschylus married and had two sons, Euphorion and Euaeon, both of whom became tragic poets.

The result was a rich body of drama, exciting and experimental in character. What is always missing in Asian drama is that restlessness for change characteristic of modern Western drama.Sophocles dramatizes the story of the death of Hercules in The Trachinae ( B.C.) and returns to the subject of the Trojan War in Philoctetes ( B.C.).

Sophocles' last work, Oedipus at Colonus, presents the death of Oedipus; it was produced in B.C., five years after the playwright's own death. Sophocles was a playwright and the second of the 3 greatest Greek writers of tragedy (with Aeschylus and Euripides).

He is known best for what he wrote about Oedipus, the mythological figure who proved central to Freud and the history of psychoanalysis. Sophocles (Sophokles) was the second of the three great ancient Greek tragedians (after Aeschylus and before Euripides) whose work has survived. Only seven of his plays have survived in a complete form but, for almost fifty years, he was the most-awarded playwright in the Dionysia dramatic competitions of the city-state of Athens.

SECTION 2: CLASSICAL GREEK TRAGEDY AND THEATRE. Chapter 7: Classical Greek Tragedy, Part 1. I. Introduction: The Data, or the Depressing Lack Thereof. Aeschylus was born in c. BC in Eleusis, a small town about 27 kilometers northwest of Athens, which is nestled in the fertile valleys of western Attica, though the date is most likely based on counting back forty years from his first victory in the Great Dionysia.

His family was wealthy and well established; his father, Euphorion, was a member of the Eupatridae, the ancient nobility of. Learn about the playwright Sophocles, one of the three great innovators of Greek tragedies.

Aristotle (384—322 B.C.E.)

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