Marble busts

You can see one of the marble busts from Salford Museum’s collections in the café space at Salford Museum and Art Gallery.


Euripides lived and worked in ancient Athens. Along with Aschylus and Sopholcles he was one of the leading writers of tragic plays with over ninety works attributed to him.  His works include Alcestis, Medea and Electra.

He did not cater to the fancies of the Athenian audiences and so won fewer competitions than his rivals. However, later his popularity grew and more of his plays have survived, about eighteen compared with seven each for Aschylus and Sopholcles.

Euripides is credited with influencing drama down to modern times. His works reflected the new moral, social and political developments along with intellectual discoveries that were happening in Athens at the end of the fifth century. He was the first to show mythical heroes as ordinary people and was unique among Athenian writers in showing sympathy towards all victims of society. His plays often shocked their audiences by the ‘heresies’ he put into the mouths of his characters.