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A modern copy of an antique bust acquired to replace Lord Burlington`s original now at Chatsworth. Herm shaped bust of the great Greek tragedian Euripides, after a Roman sculpture in the Farnese Collection (National Archaeological Museum, Naples). Inscribed with Greek letters ΕΥΡΙΠΙΔΗΣ.
Euripides is considered by many to be the founder of the modern tragedy. His plots centre around intensely passionate lower-class characters, imprisoned by their status, in frequent attempts to destroy each other. Thought to be a recluse, he is alleged to have written in a cave on the island of Salamis near Athens.
Euripides (c.484 BC–c.406 BC)
H 58.5 x W 34.5 x D 25.5 cm
in Greek on right side: Εὐριπίδης (Euripides)