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“The poet Euripides was the son of a shop-keeper Mnesarchus and a greengrocer Cleito, an Athenian, but born at Salamis in the archonship of Calliades (480 B.C.) in the 75th Olympiad, when the Greeks fought the Persians at sea ... He brought out his first play in the archonship of Callias (456 B.C.). The number of his dramas amounted in all to 902, of which 78 are extant. He died according to Philochorus at over seventy years of age, according to Eratosthenes at seventy-five, and was buried in Macedonia.1Life of Euripides

1 The Parian Chronicle gives for his birth 485, for his first victory (aged 44) 442, for his death 407

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