Sophocles

Antigone
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  • 'It's a dreadful thing to yield...but resist now?
    Lay my pride bare to the blows of ruin?
    That's dreadful too.'

    The remarkable story of Greek tragedy's most intrepid heroine.

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    Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC). Sophocles's works available in Penguin Classics are The Theban Plays and Electra and Other Plays.

Sophocles was born in 496 BC. His long life spanned the rise and decline of the Athenian Empire. He wrote over a hundred plays, many of which are published as Penguin Classics, drawing on a wide and varied range of themes. E.F. Watling translated a range of Greek and Roman plays for Penguin, including the seven plays of Sophocles and the tragedies of Seneca.


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