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Sophocles
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Playwright
    (495 BC-406 BC)
    One of the most renowned tragedians of ancient Greece
    Participated in the dramatic contests during the Festival of Dionysus
    Wrote 'Antigone,' 'Oedipus Rex,' 'Oedipus at Colonus,' 'Ajax,' 'The Trachiniae,' 'Electra,' 'Philoctetes,' 'The Tracking Satyrs' and 'The Progeny'
    He wrote over 120 plays, but only a handful have survived.
    He owned slaves.
    For years, historians thought he was a learned carpenter and smith, but it turns out those were the specialties of his slaves (whoops).
    At one war victory celebration, he headed a musical group of nude boys.
    He lived around Athens his entire life, and refused many formal invitations to other areas.
    Freud used a character in his plays to name the 'Oedipus complex,' the theory that small boys develop sexual desire for their mothers.
    He enjoyed wrestling.
    He was handsome and charismatic.
    He was well educated in the arts.
    He pioneered scene painting, paving the way for more developed stage backgrounds.
    He won more awards than any other playwright of his time.
    He won first or second place in every playwrighting contest he went in.
    His urged humanity to always think rationally before acting.
    Aristotle referred to his 'Oedipus Rex' as the perfect tragedy.

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