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- Author: Sophocles
In modern Athens, Greece, the birthplace of Sophocles (SAHF-uh-kleez) in Colonus stands well within the city limits. Yet at the beginning of the fifth century b.c.e., at the time when Sophocles was born (c. 496 b.c.e.), Colonus remained an identifiable community with its own traditions and heroes. One of those heroes had, according to legend, been an exiled Theban king who vanished mysteriously in a grove at Colonus and who continued to protect the area until Sophocles’ own day. The name of this exiled...
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