ays of his are known by name: the total number of his works might be roughly estimated at 110. It appears warrantable to assume that Sophocles had produced his works by tetralogies,—i.e., three tragedies and one satyric drama on each occasion. If the number 32 includes the satyric dramas, then the Antigone was the fourth play of the eighth tetralogy, and Sophocles would have competed on seven occasions before 441 B.C. He is recorded to have gained the first prize at his first appearance, in 468 B.C., when he was twenty-eight. The production of 28 plays in the next 27 years would certainly argue a fair measure of poetical activity. If, on the other hand, this 32 is exclusive of satyric dramas, then the Antigone was the second play of the eleventh trilogy, and the whole number of plays written by the poet from 468 to 441 B.C. (both years included) was 44.
On either view, then, we have this interesting result,—that the years of the poet's life from fifty-five to ninety were decidedly more
ipides married Antigone: and he reads ti/ktei to\n *ai(/mona. We have then to suppose that Antigone marked her affection for her lost lover by giving his name to her son by the au)tourgo/s. At the end of the scholia in L we find these words:—*(/oti diafe/rei th=s *eu)ripi/dou *)antigo/nhs au(/th, o(/ti fwraqei=sa e)kei/nh dia\ to\n *ai(/monos e)/rwta e)cedo/qh pro\s ga/mon: e)ntau=qa de\ tou)nanti/on. The contrast meant is between her marriage in Euripides and her death in Sophocles: but the words obviously leave it doubtful whether the person to whom Euripides married her was Haemon or not.
th=s e)n *sa/mw| strathgi/as The traditional strathgi/a of Sophocles, and its relation to the production of the Antigone, are discussed in the Introduction.
triakosto\n deu/teron Written l_b_ in L. The statement seems to have been taken from Alexandrian didaskali/ai which gave the plays in chronological order. Sophocles is said to have exhibited for the first time in 468 B.C., aet. 28. See Introd