Euripides produced


in 408 B.C. Shortly afterwards, the poet went to Macedonia to the court of king Archelaus, where he died two years later. In antiquity it was suggested that he left because he was disgusted at the reception he received from his countrymen, and modern scholars sometimes maintain that, deeply disillusioned with Athens, he went into self-imposed exile. In fact, quite a few poets and artists from around the Greek world accepted Archelaus’ hospitality at that time: he seems to have invited the leading artistic figures of the day in order to raise Macedon’s reputation in the arts. These luminaries doubtless found working conditions in Pella agreeable, and there is little reason to think that Euripides’ motives for accepting were any different from those of the…

2236 words

Citation: Kovacs, David. "Orestes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 December 2011 [, accessed 13 June 2024.]

13358 Orestes 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.