Sophocles, Evangelinus Apostolides
- J. N. Kazazis
Sophocles, Evangelinus Apostolides (1805 or 1807–17 December 1883), professor of Greek, was born Evangelinus Apostolides in Tsangarada, Thessaly, Greece. His parents’ names are unknown. Sophocles was from a leading Greek family, and he received an extraordinary education: first locally, then in Cairo, Egypt (where, after his father’s untimely death, he followed his paternal uncle and first protector, the learned monk Constantius), and from 1820 to 1821 again in Greece (at the famous school at Mileès under the distinguished scholars Anthimos Gazès and Gregorios Constantas). It was Anthimos who used to call him “little Sophocles,” in appreciation of the young pupil’s unusual talent; later in life Evangelinus Apostolides adopted permanently the name of the ancient tragic poet. Returning to Cairo for a brief period, he worked as librarian in the Greek Orthodox monastery’s library, learned Hebrew and Arabic, and read widely in ecclesiastical and Byzantine authors....