- NAME: Euripides
- OCCUPATION: Playwright
- BIRTH DATE: c. 485 BCE
- DEATH DATE: 406 BCE
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Athens, Greece
- PLACE OF DEATH: Macedonia, Greece
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Euripides was one of the great Athenian playwrights and poets of ancient Greece, known for the many tragedies he wrote, including Medea and The Bacchae.
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For all these reasons, he became known as a realist and as one of the most intellectual of the tragedians.
Euripides was famous in his lifetime; he was even caricatured by comedic playwright Aristophanes in the satire Frogs and in other plays. Because of his high status in Greek literature, his plays were preserved in manuscripts that were copied and recopied over the centuries.
Euripides's dramas would have an influence on later writers as diverse as John Milton, William Morris and T.S. Eliot. Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning were two more poets who admired him and wrote about him. His play Cyclops was translated by poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and American poet Countee Cullen translated Medea. Euripides's plays are still adapted and produced for the theater today.
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