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In 495 BC there was a child born about a mile outside of Athens This child was to be named Sophocles He was a boy whose father was a wealthy merchant He now had the opportunity to enjoy all of lifes greatest expectations in the Greek empire Being that he was from a wealthy family he had the chance to study all of the arts By the time Sophocles reached his late teens he was already known for his charm and elegance and was honored by being chosen to lead a challenging group of young men at a celebration of the victory of Salamis When Sophocles reached the late twenties he was ready to compete in the City Dionysia which is a celebration held every year at the theater of Dionysus in which new plays are presented all of the time This was to show how successful Sophocles was in his acting career During his first competition Sophocles had the honor of competing against the great Aeschylus himself and defeated him taking first place There would be many more plays to follow this accomplishment and Sophocles would walk home with nothing less than a second place Sophocles noted as being a talented actor performed in many of his own plays In one of his plays called The Woman Washing Clothes he performed a juggling act that was talked about all over town for many years because the audience was so fascinated But before you knew it Sophocles was to take another route and end his acting career to venture elsewhere For many years Sophocles served as a dictated priest in the service of two heroes named Alcon and Asclepius who was the god of medicine Not only did he do this but he also served on the Board of Generals which was a committee that administered civil and military affairs in Athens For some time after that Sophocles was the director of the Treasury This
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