At a glance:
- Author: Sophocles
- First Published: 441
- Type of Work: Drama
- Type of Plot: Tragedy
- Time of Work: Antiquity
- Genres: Drama, Mythological literature, Tragedy
- Subjects: Mythology or myths, Suicide, Gods or goddesses, Fratricide, parricide, or filicide, Heroes or heroism, Prophecy or prophets, Greek or Roman times, Greece or Greek people, Heads of state, Oracles, Tyrants or tyranny
- Locales: Europe, Greece, Greece, ancient, Thebes, ancient
*Thebes (theebz). Ancient Greek city located in Boeotia, a district northwest of Athens, Thebes was famous in the ancient world for its tragic royal family and the seven-gated wall surrounding the city. The long-standing enemy of Athens, Thebes was the setting of several Greek tragedies. Despotic Thebes seems to have served Athenian playwrights of the fifth century b.c.e. as a kind of inverted mirror image of democratic Athens, providing them with a context within which to discuss social and political issues that might prove too disturbing if...
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