Sophocles was born around 495 BC. He was highly educated and was known for his talents from an early age.
In 468 BC he entered his first tragedy festival and won, beating Aeschylus. He also wrote about 120 plays! Sadly, only seven of his plays exist today.
One of his most popular plays was Oedipus Rex. It is about a son (Oedipus) who accidentally kills his father and unknowingly marries his mother. It ends with his mother hanging herself and Oedipus stabbing his eyes out. Yikes!