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Euripides

(480 – 406 / Greece)

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Euripides (Ancient Greek: Εὐριπίδης) (ca. 480 BCE – 406 BCE) was the last of the three great tragedians of classical Athens (the other two being Aeschylus and Sophocles). Ancient scholars thought that Euripides had written ninety-five plays, although four of those were probably written by Critias. Eighteen or nineteen of Euripides' plays have survived complete. There has been debate about his ... more »

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  • ''Better a serpent than a stepmother!''
    Euripides (480-406 B.C.), Greek dramatist. Alcestis, in Alcestis, l. 310, Collected Plays of Euripides, ed. and trans. by Gilbert Murray (1954).
  • ''Let mortal man keep to his own
    Mortality, and not expect too much.''
    Euripides (480-406 B.C.), Greek dramatist. Herakles, in Alcestis, l. 799, Collected Plays of Euripides, ed. and trans. by Gilbert Murray (1954).
  • '''Twas but my tongue, 'twas not my soul that swore.''
    Euripides (480-406 B.C.), Greek dramatist. Hippolytus, in Hippolytus, l. 612, Collected Plays of Euripides, ed. and trans. by Gilbert Murray (1954).
  • ''I love the old way best, the simple way
    Of poison, where we too are strong as men.''
    Euripides (c. 480-406 BC), Greek tragedian. Medea, in Medea, trans. by Gilbert Murray.
  • ''Of all things upon earth that bleed and grow,
    A herb most bruised is woman.''
    Euripides (c. 480-406 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Medea, in Medea, trans. by Gilbert Murray.
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