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This chapter summarizes some consistent patterns that have emerged in the preceding chapters of the book. Little of the language that has been identified as "artisanal" in Euripides turns up also in Aristophanes, where one might legitimately expect overlap. Technically inflected words adopted by Euripides are frequently paralleled in inscriptions, typically those related to building projects, and on occasion, seldom or not at all elsewhere. As for poetic parallels, Euripides' artisinal language turns up most often in Homer and Pindar, but then again in neither poet nearly as often as we might expect. Euripides is a man of his times, no less a modernist, to be sure, than his coevals, Socrates and the Sophists. This book shows that a significant segment of his language tends also toward the non-traditional. Euripides is a realist, in every sense, and as a poet, he is a Keats to Aeschylus' Shelley.

Keywords: artisinal language; Euripides; poetic parallels; realism



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