“Darkness! / Horror of darkness enfolding, resistless, unspeakable visitant sped by an ill wind in haste! / Madness and stabbing pain and memory / Of evil deeds I have done” (Sophocles, Oedipus the King, 1314-20).
The tragedian Sophocles was born near Athens, the son of Sophilus, a wealthy manufacturer of armor. His beauty and his skill in music and dancing attracted attention early; as a boy he led the chorus which sang the paean in honour of the Greek victory over the Persian invaders at Salamis in 480 BCE.