Euripides (480 or 484-406 BC)

Biographical note

Euripides was one of the three great tragedians of classical Athens, along with Aeschylus and Sophocles; he was the youngest of the three. According to ancient sources, he wrote over 90 plays, 19 of which are extant, although it is widely believed by scholars that the play Rhesus was actually written by someone else. Fragments of most of the other plays survive, some of them substantial. The number of Euripides' plays that have survived is more than double that of Aeschylus and Sophocles, partly due to the chance preservation of a manuscript that was likely part of a complete collection of his works.

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