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Definition: Second great Greek playwright. Wrote 120 plays, of which only seven survive. He introduced the Third Actor. Before, only two characters had been onstage at the same time. The introduction of the Third Actor meant that interaction between more than two characters take place. This might not seem like much today, but it was a huge development back then. Among his famous plays are Oedipus Rex and Antigone. Sophocles won 24 First Prizes at the City Dionysia, the annual drama Festival in Athens.

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Ancient Greece
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Biography of Sophocles
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Works of Sophocles
Read the plays themselves, in English even!

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