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  • adj. Of or pertaining to Sophocles or his works.


Sophocles +‎ -an (Wiktionary)


  • "Sophoclean" in that their lives are controlled by fate (And not "Freudian," since they didn't want to get it on with Mommy).

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  • That was certainly true of one of the Tricycle's most famous tribunal plays, The Colour of Justice, which showed an almost Sophoclean capacity for gradual revelation.

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  • A partial of spoke of a "Sophoclean confidence" of a tragic hero whose hubris creates him cocksure which a fates have been his friends.

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  • For this reason it is often seen as the most Sophoclean of Euripides 'extant plays.

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  • If uttered in the first act of a Greek tragedy, it is exactly the kind of claim that would end in a Sophoclean fall.

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  • His simple, literal defintion of aletheia as “uncoveredness” is an incredible simplification of the meanings and origins of the word, something he quickly has reduced, in largely Sophoclean fashion, to a trope of cloaking and residual depth.


  • Off-topic: two months is still plenty of time for the Sophoclean inevitability to play out, but in the meantime, my brother Danny gets a worthy birthday present — by a single percentage point. posted by Matthew @ 11: 00 AM

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  • My liberal art education has given me the Sophoclean insight that, in the end, everyone gets screwed and that it's all relative.

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  • Somewhat similarly, in a Sophoclean fragment (fr. 97) someone says that

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  • The great actor might have given us a Sophoclean insight into the continuum of crackup from his parents to himself to his children.

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