Izmir Festival To Host World Premiere Of Euripides' Tragedy

IZMIR - An international festival held in the Aegean province of Izmir will host the world premiere of a tragedy written by a prominent tragedian of the Ancient Greece, Euripides.

"Phaethon", the recently discovered tragedy of Euripides, will be staged at the Ephesus Ancient Theatre within the framework of the 22nd International Izmir Festival.

During the performance to take place on July 3rd, Greek tenor Mario Franguolis will represent Apollo, the ancient Greek god of light, healing and poetry.

Euripides (480 BC-406 BC) was the last of the three great tragedians of classical Athens (the other two being Aeschylus and Sophocles). Ancient scholars thought that Euripides had written ninety-five plays. Eighteen of Euripides` plays have survived complete.

The surviving text of the fragmentary "Phaethon" of Euripides depends chiefly on two sources: two pages from a Euripidean manuscript, written about A.D. 500, and a papyrus of the third century B.C., which contains a substantial part of the parodos.



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