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Most critics consider this episode as being just a story and their arguments are very powerful.

The nature of the charge is doubtful and there are no strong testimonies of contemporary authors to support this event.
Phrynicus, the comic poet, describes his last years as being the years of a "fortunate man, who died happily, after encountering no evil".
Aristophanes writes that Sophocles assisted all his life, his son Iophon, in the composition of his tragedies. And even, Iophon, in the inscription which he placed upon his father's tomb, expressed his great admiration for his father last work - Oedipus Coloneus.
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