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A guy tragically loses his best buddy and goes on a journey to discover the secret of immortality. You can not get a more classic story than that. You can not. Because The Epic of Gilgamesh is the earliest surviving work of literature from the planet. The version you're reading was written around 1200 BCE (which makes it about 400 years old than Homer's Iliad and Odyssey); however, the story of Gilgamesh dates back almost 3,000 years--when a guy named Gilgamesh was actually king of Uruk, a......Read More
Euripides (480-406 B.C.) was a misunderstood genius. He is reported to be the author of around 92 plays, but he only won the massive theatrical competition in the festival Dionysus five times. His final win was for his quintessential classic, The Bacchae. Unfortunately, Euripides didn't get to appreciate this final triumph. Being dead kind of got in the way. His son ended up directing the play for his deceased father. To add insult to injury, Euripides died by being ripped apart by a pack of......Read More
The very first words of the play are spoken with the Watchman sitting on the roof of the palace of Agamemnon at Argos, Greece. The matter is, Agamemnon is not there. (For more information on the Trojan War, check out this site, or read all about it at our "Thorough Overview.") Then, just as the Watchman is telling us just how far his entire life stinks, he sees that a sign fire burning in the space; this usually means that Troy has been seized. The Watchman goes off to alarm Clytemnestra,......Read More
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