The Alleged Skull of Sophocles: Anthropological and Paleopathological Confutation of a 19th Century Myth

Francesco M Galassi, Michael E Habicht, Cicero Moraes, Elena Varotto

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Abstract

Sophocles is remembered as one of the greatest poets and playwrights in history. Allegedly the author of over one hundred tragedies, only seven survive to this day. While much has been written and said about his life and literary production, the events characterizing his final years are still nebulous and abundant with anecdotes of rather dubious trustworthiness. One of these is about his being sued by his own son Iophon because he was apparently no longer capable of managing the family fortune due to a supposed dementia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeatro, musica e danza nella Sicilia antica
Subtitle of host publicationAtti del XV Convegno di studi sulla Sicilia antica (Caltanissetta, 16 marzo 2019)
EditorsMarina Congiu, Calogero Miccichè, Simona Modeo
PublisherLussografica
Pages253-268
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9788882434540
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventXV Conference of Studies on ancient Sicily: Theater, music and dance in ancient Sicily - Moncada Palace - Hall of the Oratories, Caltanissetta, Sicily, Italy
Duration: 16 Mar 201916 Mar 2019
Conference number: 15

Publication series

NameMesogheia
Number4

Conference

ConferenceXV Conference of Studies on ancient Sicily
CountryItaly
CityCaltanissetta, Sicily
Period16/03/1916/03/19

Keywords

  • Ancient Greece
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Sophocles
  • Forensic
  • Face reconstruction

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