c.480 - 406 BC
Greek Playwright
Euripides was the youngest of Athens' three greatest tragic poets. He altered the content of the epics by lessening the heroic image and he became a percursor of bourgeois drama. Euripides was the most revolutionary of the Greek tragedians.

The early poets still shared the traditional beliefs with the majority of their audiences, but a younger man, like Euripides, who was influenced by the free-thinking spirit of his time, no longer believed in the power of a god like Dionysus, whose festival he, as a tragic poet, was required to celebrate.

Euripides solved his dilemna by presenting his plot in a way that implicitly contradicted the many answers his divine messengers provided for the difficulties of life.
Of the 90 plays he wrote, 18 tragedies survive.
See connection story:
From Dionysus to Aristotle

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