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Tragedy, Euripides and Euripideans$
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Christopher Collard

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675730

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675730.001.0001

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The Date of Euripides' Suppliants and the Date of Tim Rice's Chess

The Date of Euripides' Suppliants and the Date of Tim Rice's Chess

Liverpool Classical Monthly 15.3 (March 1990) 48

(p.138) 9 The Date of Euripides' Suppliants and the Date of Tim Rice's Chess
Tragedy, Euripides and Euripideans

Christopher Collard

Liverpool University Press

This play dramatises the Athenians’ recovery of dead heroes after the mythical battle of the ‘Seven Against Thebes’ (see 8) above) in which the victorious Thebans refused recovery for burial; in 424 BC the Thebans victorious over the Athenians at Delium at first refused recovery. The play's date is unknown, but conjectured from internal evidence to be the 420's – but did its composition precede the historical event, or was it inspired by it± Similar artistic coincidences of fiction with reality are noted from recent times, especially that in Tim Rice's Chess, which prompted the original paper. The version now printed brings up to date the scholarly discussion of Suppliants’ date since the author's commentary of 1975.

Keywords:   Euripides, Suppliants, date

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