Euripides wrote at least 92 plays, of which 19 have survived more or less intact. He is said to have retired to a cave on the island of Salamis to write. He began life as a prize winning boxer, or else as a painter, and turned to writing tragedy only after studying with Anaxagoras, Prodicus, and Socrates. Socrates is said to have written some of his work. He had bad breath. He died in 406 BCE.