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A play is a form of literature written by a playwright, usually consisting of scripted dialogue between characters, intended for theatrical performance rather than just reading. There are rare dramatists, notably George Bernard Shaw, who have had little preference whether their plays were performed or read. The term "play" can refer to both the written works of playwrights and to their complete theatrical performance.

 
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Oedipus Rex

By: Sophocles; George Theodoridis, Translator

The drama and tragedy of King Oedipus.

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Elektra

By: Sophocles; George Theodoridis, Translator

Set in the city of Argos a few years after the Trojan war, it is based around the character of Electra, and the vengeance that she and her brother Orestes take on their mother Clytemnestra and step father Aegisthus for the murder of their father, Agamemnon.

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Antigone

By: Sophocles; George Theodoridis, Translator

A masterpiece of Greek Tragedy, concerning the conflict between public and private morality.

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Ajax

By: Sophocles; George Theodoridis, Translator

It chronicles the fate of the warrior Ajax after the events of the Iliad, but before the end of the Trojan War.

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The Trojan Women

By: Euripides; George Theodoridis, Translator

Produced during the Peloponnesian War, it is often considered a commentary on the capture of the Aegean island of Melos and the subsequent slaughter and subjugation of its populace by the Athenians earlier in 415 BC, the same year the play was produced.

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Suppliant Women

By: Euripides; George Theodoridis, Translator

The aftermath of the War of the Seven Against Thebes.

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Rhesus

By: Euripides; George Theodoridis, Translator

Rhesus takes place during the Trojan War, on the night when Odysseus and Diomedes sneak into the Trojan camp and kill Rhesus, instead of Hector, by orders of Athena.

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The Phoenician Women

By: Euripides; George Theodoridis, Translator

The Phoenician Women is a tragedy by Euripides. The title refers to the Greek chorus, which is composed of Phoenician women on their way to Delphi who are trapped in Thebes by the war. The chorus represents the innocent and neutral people that very often are found in the middle of war situations. Patriotism is a significant theme in the story, as Polynices talks a great deal about his love for the city of Thebes but has brought an army to destroy it; Creon is also force...

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Orestes

By: Euripides; George Theodoridis, Translator

Orestes is an Ancient Greek play by Euripides that follows the events of Orestes after he had murdered his mother.

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Medea

By: Euripides; George Theodoridis, Translator

Medea is an ancient Greek tragedy written by Euripides, based upon the myth of Jason and Medea and first produced in 431 BC. The plot centers on the barbarian protagonist as she finds her position in the Greek world threatened, and the revenge she takes against her husband Jason who has betrayed her for another woman.

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Iphigenia in Tauris

By: Euripides; George Theodoridis, Translator

The priestess of Artemis.

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Iphigenia in Aulis

By: Euripides; George Theodoridis, Translator

A prelude to the Trojan War.

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Ion

By: Euripides; George Theodoridis, Translator

A Satyr Play.

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Hippolytus

By: Euripides; George Theodoridis, Translator

Hippolytos Stephanophoros "Hippolytus who wears a crown", is a reference to the crown of garlands Hippolytus wears as a worshiper of Artemis. In this version of Hippolytus, his stepmother Phaedra fights her sexual appetites for her stepson, only to hang herself and blame Hippolytus. The surviving play offers a much more even-handed and psychologically complex treatment of the characters than is commonly found in traditional retelling of myths.

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Herakles

By: Euripides; George Theodoridis, Translator

While Herakles is in the underworld obtaining Cerberus for one of his labours, his father Amphitryon, wife Megara, and children are sentenced to death in Thebes by Lycus. Herakles arrives in time to save them, though the goddesses Iris and Madness (personified) cause him to kill his wife and children in a frenzy.

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Heracleidae

By: Euripides; George Theodoridis, Translator

Heracleidae is a play by Euripides c. 430 BC. It follows the children of Heracles (known as the Heracleidae), as they seek protection from Eurystheus. It is the first of two surviving plays by Euripides where the family of Heracles are suppliants (the second being Heracles Mad).

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Helen

By: Euripides; George Theodoridis, Translator

A story of Helen of Troy and the return of her husband, Menelaus, who was thought to be dead and their escape together.

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Hekabe

By: Euripides; George Theodoridis, Translator

Hēkabē is a tragedy by Euripides written c. 424 BC. It takes place after the Trojan War, but before the Greeks have departed Troy. The central figure is Hēkabē, wife of King Priam, formerly Queen of the now-fallen city. It depicts Hēkabē's grief over the death of her daughter Polyxena, and the revenge she takes for the murder of her youngest son Polydorus.

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Elektra

By: Euripides; George Theodoridis, Translator

It is unclear whether it was first produced before or after Sophocles' version of the Electra story.

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Cyclops

By: Euripides; George Theodoridis, Translator

The Cyclops is an Ancient Greek satyr play by Euripides, the only complete satyr play that has survived antiquity. It is a comical burlesque-like play on the same story depicted in book nine of Homer's Odyssey.

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