SOPHOCLES ANCIENT GREEK TRAGEDIAN Medal 3.14 inches

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  • Sold Date: Apr 12, 2011
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From an huge collection of Writters Medals

RARE ORIGINAL

FRENCH MONNAIE DE PARIS ISSUE

Very Large bronze medal

Commemorative of

SOPHOCLES

SOPHOCLE

Sophocles (c. 497/6 BCE - winter 406/5 BCE) was the second of the three ancient Greek tragedians whose work has survived. His first plays were written later than those of Aeschylus and earlier than those of Euripides . According to the Suda , a 10th century encyclopedia , Sophocles wrote 123 plays during the course of his life, but only seven have survived in a complete form: Ajax, Antigone, Trachinian Women, Oedipus the King, Electra, Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus. For almost 50 years, Sophocles was the most-feted playwright in the dramatic competitions of the city-state of Athens that took place during the religious festivals of the Lenaea and the Dionysia . Sophocles competed in around 30 competitions; he won perhaps 24 and was never judged lower than second place; in comparison, Aeschylus won 14 competitions and was defeated by Sophocles at times, while Euripides won only 4 competitions. The most famous of Sophocles' tragedies are those concerning Oedipus and Antigone : these are often known as the Theban plays , although each play was actually a part of different tetralogy , the other members of which are now lost.
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