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Euripides (c. 480 BCE – c. 406 BCE) was an ancient Greek tragedian who lived during the 5th century BCE.


In 431 BCE, Euripides was one of the individuals invited by the statesman Perikles to attend a symposium held in his home in Athens. At the party, Euripides engaged in a conversation with fellow tragedian Sophokles. Sophokles voiced out his unhappiness when Euripides became associated with a young comedy playwright named Aristophanes, who joined their conversation. Sophokles later walked off into the kitchen, infuriated.[1]

A while later, Euripides was visited by the misthios Kassandra, who came to the party looking for information in regards to her mother's whereabouts. However, Euripides would not open up while sober. On the suggestion of Sophokles, Kassandra invited Euripides to drink with her. Euripides became intoxicated, and while Kassandra was able to gain information out of him, he started to cause a scene at the party.[2]

In his final years in Makedonia,[3] Euripides wrote a tragedy titled The Bacchae. The tragedy featured the tale of how the Greek god Dionysias introduced wine to Attika.[4]