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Riddle of the Sphinx – Oedipus story – Ancient Greece

By |2018-01-11T22:59:01+00:00July 11th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

The Riddle of the Sphinx: Oedipus, wearing a traveler's hat, and the Sphinx asking her riddle The Sphinx's riddle: So the riddle the Sphinx asked Oedipus is: What goes on four feet in the morning, two feet at noon, and three feet in the evening? Oedipus' answer to the riddle of the Sphinx: [...]

Who was Sophocles? Greek playwright

By |2018-05-21T22:39:24+00:00July 11th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Papyrus with part of Sophocles' play Antigone written on it When did Sophocles live? Aeschylus is the first playwright whose plays survive, but Sophocles (ca. 496-406 BC) is the second. (More about Aeschylus) Sophocles lived at the same time as Aeschylus, but he was younger and he lived longer. He died at the [...]

Oedipus at Colonus – Sophocles

By |2018-04-23T08:49:31+00:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

A later painting of Antigone and Oedipus, by Camille Felix Bellanger, in the 1800s. Oedipus at Colonus is a play written by Sophocles. It tells the story of what happened to Oedipus after he left Thebes. Oedipus is old now, and he's blind, because he pulled out his own eyes. His daughter (and [...]

Oedipus Rex – Sophocles – Summary and Themes

By |2018-04-23T09:06:11+00:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Oedipus Rex: The shepherd tells his story to Oedipus, while Jocasta listens in horror (now in the Getty Museum) Sophocles wrote this very famous play in the 400s BC. It is mainly about fate, and how men do not control their own fate, no matter how much they try. It's about accepting that [...]

Antigone – Sophocles – Summary

By |2018-04-23T08:27:51+00:00July 9th, 2017|History|

Antigone at her brother's grave, from the Louvre (Paris) Sophocles' Antigone Antigone is a play that Sophocles wrote. He was an Athenian, who lived in the 400s BC.  The play tells the story of Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus. It takes place in Thebes, a traditional enemy of Athens. People in Athens especially hated Thebes [...]