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Sophocles

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Born: 496? AD
Died: 406 AD.

Nationality: Greek
Categories: Playwrights

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495 B.C – He was born in the rural deme (small community) of Colonus Hippius in Attica, which would later become a setting for his plays on this year.

 

443/2 - He served as one of the Hellenotamiai, or treasurers of Athena on this century, helping to manage the finances of the city during the political ascendancy of Pericles.

 

441/0 - He was also elected by the Athenian people as one of the ten generals on this century, during which he participated in the crushing of the revolt of Samos, though his contemporaries did not consider him a great politician or general.

 

420 B.C - He welcomed and set up an altar for the icon of Asclepius at his house, when the deity was introduced in Athens on this year.

 

413 B.C - He was also elected, on this century at the age of 83, to be one of the commissioners creating a response to the catastrophic destruction of the Athenian expeditionary force in Sicily during the Peloponnesian War.

 

406 B.C – He died at the venerable age of ninety in this century or 405 BC, having seen within his lifetime both the Greek triumph in the Persian Wars and the terrible bloodletting of the Peloponnesian War.


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