Euripides' idea of God and his attitude toward contemporary religion
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What were the ideas which Euripides entertained in regard to the divine government of the universe and an over ruling deity and what attitude did he sustain toward the gods of Greece as commonly accepted in his time? This inquiry forms the substance of the following investigations based primarily on the poet's extant works. While we are confronted at times by the difficulty of discriminating between what was clearly his own individual opinion and what the sentiment of his characters there are numerous inferences that may be safely made regarding his views of religion. The chorus is commonly supposed to represent the poet's moralizings and reflections but certainly is not here alone that these are found. Frequently, as will be seen, there are statements made by the dramatis personal which coincide most probably with the opinions of the tragedian himself.