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"Why, children, do you look upon me with your eyes? Why do you smile so sweetly that last smile of all?" (Euripides, Medea, 1040-42).

The Medea



480 BCE – 406 BCE
Dates are approximate

Euripides is one of the three Athenian tragedians whose works we possess in more than fragments; indeed, the surviving plays of Euripides outnumber those of Aeschylus and Sophocles combined. Some of this is due to chance, but Euripides was the most performed, most read, most widely admired tragedian of the later Greco-Roman world, and arguably the most influential on later drama.


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