Greek Playscripts

The standard texts of ancient Greek playscripts are all in the public domain. It is only certain modern translations that may have some copyright restrictions. On this page you will find the full text to the plays of the great classical tragedians Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles, plus works of the comic playwright Aristophanes.

Aeschylus

Aeschylus (c. 525/524 BC – c. 456/455 BC, pronounced eee-skill-us <UK> or eh-skill-us <US>) is often considered the father of Greek tragedy. He wrote over seventy plays, of which only seven survive today. Aeschylus was credited by the Greek philosopher Aristotle for introducing the second actor to collaborate with the chorus.

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Aristophanes

Aristophanes (c. 446 – c. 386 BC, pronounced aa-ri-stof-an-ees) is often regarded as the father of comedy. He wrote forty plays, of which eleven survive today. Aristophanes was writing during the periods known as Old Comedy.

Sophocles

Sophocles (c.?497/6 – c.?406/5 BC, pronounced sof-o-klees) wrote over one hundred and twenty plays, of which only seven survive today. He is attributed by Euripides as being responsible for adding the third actor to the acting area. Sophocles’ Oedipus The King is regarded by many as the greatest tragedy ever written.