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Euripides In Byzantium

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Ammianus celebrates Euripidis sepulchrum, tragoediarum sublimitate conspicui, albeit omitting the romantic details recorded elsewhere. Eunapius ridicules those who attach significance to "some poet" being born on the day of Salamis. Later, he rehashes Lucian's tale of theatre goers driven mad by Andromeda-early Beatlemania. Apart from shifting it from Hellenistic to Neronian times, Eunapius lavishes praise on Euripides for "the dignity and profundity of his words, structure, metre, sharp characterisation, and appropriate tone." In Byzantine verse novel Callimachus and Chrysorrhoe, where a naked damsel hangs by her hair from the dragon's castle, there is a slight concordance in its mention of "Silence" with Andromeda, fr. 126, possibly suggesting that this latter should be assigned to Andromeda rather than Perseus. The novel's episode could be Euripideanly influenced; cf. J. Burton's detection of strong Theocritean impact on language and motifs of Eugenianus' Drosilla and Charicles.

Keywords: Andromeda; Byzantine; Callimachus; Charicles; Chrysorrhoe; Drosilla; Eunapius; Euripides



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