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Greek Playwright Euripides

Profession: Greek Playwright


Biography: One of the three great tragedians of classical Athens, the other two being Aeschylus and Sophocles. Some ancient scholars attributed ninety-five plays to him but according to the Suda it was ninety-two at most. Of these, eighteen or nineteen have survived more or less complete.

Identified with theatrical innovations that have profoundly influenced drama down to modern times, especially in the representation of traditional, mythical heroes as ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.

Born: September 23, 480 BC
Birthplace: Salamis, Greece
Star Sign: Libra

Historical Events

  • 1947-10-20 Robinson Jeffers' play "Medea" adapted from Euripides premieres in NYC

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