This name derives from the Ancient Greek “Eurīpídēs (Εὐρῑπῐ́δης),” from “Eúrīpos (Εὔρῑπος)” composed of two elements: “eû (εὖ)” (well) plus “rhī́ptō (ῥῑ́πτω)” (rapid movement, launch). In turn, the name means “the one who moves fast and quick.” Euripides was one of the three great tragedians of classical Athens, the other two being Aeschylus and Sophocles. Euripides is identified with theatrical innovations that have profoundly influenced drama down to modern times, especially in the representation of traditional, mythical heroes as ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. The Euripus Strait is a narrow channel of water separating the Greek island of Euboea in the Aegean Sea from Boeotia in mainland Greece. The strait’s principal port is Chalcis on Euboea, located at the strait’s narrowest point.
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