The Plays of Sophocles.

Printed: 1886

Publisher: George Routledge & Sons. London

Dimensions 14 × 20 × 2.5 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 14 x 20 x 2.5

Condition: Very good  (See explanation of ratings)

Buy Now

Item information


Cream leatherette spine with gilt title. Green cloth boards.

F.B.A. provides an in-depth photographic presentation of this item to stimulate your feel and touch. More traditional book descriptions are immediately available.

The Three Major Greek Playwrights: Ancient Greek Drama Study Guide 1 Aeschylus (523-456 B.C.E.) The oldest Greek plays that remain today are by Aeschylus. 2 Sophocles (496-406 B.C.E.) Sophocles is considered the best of the three major tragedians. 3 Euripides (480-406 B.C.E.) Euripides’ work was not very popular during his lifetime.

Sophocles c. 497/6 – winter 406/5 BC) is one of three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived. His first plays were written later than, or contemporary with, those of Aeschylus; and earlier than, or contemporary with, those of Euripides. Sophocles wrote over 120 plays, but only seven have survived in a complete form: AjaxAntigoneWomen of TrachisOedipus RexElectraPhiloctetes and Oedipus at Colonus. For almost fifty years, Sophocles was the most celebrated playwright in the dramatic competitions of the city-state of Athens which took place during the religious festivals of the Lenaea and the Dionysia. He competed in thirty competitions, won twenty-four, and was never judged lower than second place. Aeschylus won thirteen competitions and was sometimes defeated by Sophocles; Euripides won four.]

The most famous tragedies of Sophocles feature Oedipus and Antigone: they are generally known as the Theban plays, though each was part of a different tetralogy (the other members of which are now lost). Sophocles influenced the development of drama, most importantly by adding a third actor (attributed to Sophocles by Aristotle; to Aeschylus by Themistius), thereby reducing the importance of the chorus in the presentation of the plot. He also developed his characters to a greater extent than earlier playwrights.

Want to know more about this item?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about this item. In addition, it is also possible to request more photographs if there is something specific you want illustrated.
Ask a question

Share this Page with a friend