- Join over 1.2 million students every month
- Accelerate your learning by 29%
- Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
Euripides has met the conventions of Attic Tragedy up to a particular extent. Although he was often criticised for his work, he followed the structure and cycles of thetraditional tragedy. However, his stance on the themes and ideas set him apartfrom...
The first 200 words of this essay...
Euripides has met the conventions of Attic Tragedy up to a particular extent. Although he was often criticised for his work, he followed the structure and cycles of the traditional tragedy. However, his stance on the themes and ideas set him apart from the other writers.
It is unreasonable to compare Euripides with the traditional writers of Attic tragedy without understanding his attitude and the reason for this attitude. Although he was only fifteen years older than Sophocles, he belonged to a whole different generation. Between them lay the chasm of the Sophists moment. The Sophists were professional teachers who applied new methods of criticism to all aspects of life.
Euripides was a child of this time. It made him a septic and a critic. It affected his whole attitude towards life and made it impossible for him to accept the presuppositions of tragic art as his predecessors had done.
As well as this, there were several ideas which set apart Euripides from others. To modern audiences, other tragic heroes often seem removed from flesh-and-blood men and women. But Euripides' characters are always immediately recognisable. He approached tragedy from the point of view of man,
Found what you're looking for?
- Start learning 29% faster today
- Over 150,000 essays available
- Just £6.99 a month
Not the one? We have 100's more
Classics (view all)
- To what extent does the architecture of Rome highlight the a...
- In your opinion, where did the real power lie within the Spa...
- Aeneas can be considered an excellent hero. Discuss.
- To what extent do you think Aristophanes has serious targets...
- Antigone is a saint, whereas Medea is a devil incarnate"...
""Nikolay. Business Studies. BTEC Student.
""Simon. Politics and International Relations. University Student.