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Sophocles, one of the most influential writers of Ancient Greece
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In ancient Athens, a great writer had to be also, almost naturally, a very active member of the community life. This was the case for Sophocles, too, but the specific feature for him, is that he never intruded contemporary politics in the idealism of his tragedy. As well as in theaters, Sophocles became a man of importance in the public halls. He started at the age of 16, when he was chosen to lead the paean, a choral chant to a god, celebrating the decisive Greek sea victory over the Persians at the Battle of Salamis.
His remarkable artistic talent and communication skills made him an active member of the society. But information about his civic life is unfortunately insufficient. As a junior colleague of Pericles, a prominent and influential statesman, orator, and general of Athens during the city's Golden Age, Sophocles was elected one of ten strategoi, high executive officials that commanded the armed forces. He also worked with the finance of Athena, as one of the Hellenotamiai, or treasurers of Athena, during the political ascendancy of Pericles.
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