The Surviving Tragedies of Euripides

The 'Cyclops' and 'Medea' are among his famous works

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Background: Euripides (c. 484-407/406) was an ancient writer of Greek tragedy in Athens -- the third of the famous trio (with Sophocles and Aeschylus).

He wrote about women, mythological themes, and both together, like Medea and Helen of Troy.

He enhanced the importance of intrigue in tragedy.

An innovator, some aspects of Euripides' tragedy seem more at home in comedy than in tragedy. During his lifetime, Euripides' innovations met with hostility, especially in the way his traditional legends portrayed the moral standards of the gods. Virtuous men appeared as more moral than the gods. Also, although Euripides portrayed women sensitively, he nonetheless had a reputation as a woman-hater.

Elsewhere are notes and study guides. Here is a list of the tragedies of Euripides (ca. 485-406 B.C.) with approximate dates:

The Cyclops (438 B.C.)
Alcestis (438 B.C.)
Medea (431 B.C.)
The Heracleidae (ca. 428 B.C.)
Hippolytus (428 B.C.)
Andromache (ca. 427 B.C.)
Hecuba (425 B.C.)
The Suppliants (421 B.C.)
Heracles (ca. 422 B.C.)
Ion (ca. 417 B.C.)
The Trojan Women (415 B.C.)
Electra (413 B.C.)
Iphigenia in Tauris (ca. 413 B.C.)
Helena (412 B.C.)
The Phoenician Women (ca. 410 B.C.)
Orestes (408 B.C.)
The Bacchae (405 B.C.)
Iphigenia in Aulis (405 B.C.)

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