Euripides (3060 words)

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Euripides, the youngest of the three great Athenian tragic poets, was born either in 480 B.C., the year in which the Greek forces defeated the invading Persian army at Salamis, or, more probably, a few years earlier (T 1.2 and 6). He wrote some ninety plays (T 1.16), of which eighteen have come down to us (nineteen including Rhesus, but that is probably not his). He died abroad, as a guest of Archelaus, king of Macedon (T 1.11 and 1.18), in the Athenian year 407/6 (T 67), a short time before his native city’s defeat in the Peloponnesian War (404). His life, therefore, spans the period of Athens’ greatest achievements in politics, warfare, art, architecture, and poetry.

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Kovacs, David. "Euripides". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 September 2009
[, accessed 22 August 2017.]

Articles on Euripides' works

  1. Alcestis
  2. Andromache
  3. Bacchae
  4. Cyclops
  5. Electra
  6. Hecuba
  7. Helen
  8. Heracles
  9. Hippolytus
  10. Hypsipyle
  11. Ion
  12. Iphigenia at Aulis
  13. Iphigenia in Tauris
  14. Medea
  15. Orestes
  16. Phoenissae
  17. Supplices
  18. Troades

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  1. Revenge Tragedy

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