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Sophocles, one of the most influential writers of Ancient Greece
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The historical chronicles also tell about Sophocles’ religious life, mentioning that the writer welcomed and set up an altar for the icon of Asclepius at his house, when the deity was introduced in Athens. This brought him the posthumous epithet Dexion (receiver), from the Athenians. Due to his diplomatic skills, he was elected, commissioner for crafting a response to the catastrophic destruction of the Athenian expeditionary force in Sicily, during the Peloponnesian War.

Sophocles died at age ninety, in 406 or 405 BC. His career coincided almost exactly with the rise, the maturity, and the downfall of the Athenian Empire, as he was witness of the Greek triumph in the Persian Wars and the terrible Peloponnesian War. He remained a symbol for the Athenians, who glorified his memory with great respect. His plays continued to be performed, in his memory. Two of his descendents, Iophon, one of his sons, and a grandson, also called Sophocles, followed in his footsteps to become playwrights themselves.
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