Euripides was one of the three great tragedians of classical
Athens, the other two being Aeschylus and Sophocles. Some ancient
scholars attributed ninety-five plays to him, of these, eighteen or
nineteen have survived complete. Euripides is identified with
theatrical innovations that have profoundly influenced drama down
to modern times, especially in the representation of traditional,
mythical heroes as ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.
This new approach led him to pioneer developments that later
writers adapted to comedy, some of which are characteristic of
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