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Euphorion (playwright)

Euphorion (playwright)

Son of Aeschylus
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Son of Aeschylus
Countries Greece
Occupations Tragedy writer
Gender male
Father: Aeschylus
The details

Euphorion (Greek: Εὐφορίων, Euphoríōn) was the son of the Greek tragedian Aeschylus, and himself an author of tragedies. In the Dionysia of 431 BCE, Euphorion won 1st prize, defeating both Sophocles (who took 2nd prize) and Euripides, who took 3rd prize with a tetralogy that includes the extant play Medea. He is purported by some to have been the author of Prometheus Bound—previously assumed to be the work of his father, to whom it was attributed at the Library of Alexandria,—for several reasons, chiefly that the playwright's portrayal of Zeus is far less reverent than in other works attributed to Aeschylus, and that references to the play appear in the plays of the comic Aristophanes. This has led historians to date it as late as 415 BCE, long after Aeschylus's death. If Euphorion wrote Prometheus Bound, there are as a result four (rather than three) ancient Greek tragedians with one or more fully surviving plays.

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