The standard texts of ancient Greek play scripts 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. If you are looking for an overview of the period in which ancient Greek play scripts were first performed, click here. – Justin Cash

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.

Play Title: Agamemnon
Playwright: Aeschylus
First Performed: 458 BC
Play Title: Prometheus Bound
Playwright: Aeschylus
First Performed: 472 BC
Play Title: The Choephori
Playwright: Aeschylus
First Performed: 465 BC
Play Title: Seven Against Thebes
Playwright: Aeschylus
First Performed: 467 BC
Play Title: Eumenides
Playwright: Aeschylus
First Performed: 458 BC
Play Title: The Suppliants
Playwright: Aeschylus
First Performed: 463 BC
Play Title: The Persians
Playwright: Aeschylus
First Performed: 472 BC

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.

Play Title: Lysistrata
Playwright: Aristophanes
First Performed: 411 BC
Play Title: The Wasps
Playwright: Aristophanes
First Performed: 422 BC
Play Title: Peace
Playwright: Aristophanes
First Performed: 421 BC
Play Title: The Knights
Playwright: Aristophanes
First Performed: 424 BC
Play Title: The Thesmophoriazusae
Playwright: Aristophanes
First Performed: 411 BC
Play Title: The Birds
Playwright: Aristophanes
First Performed: 414 BC
Play Title: The Frogs
Playwright: Aristophanes
First Performed: 405 BC
Play Title: Plutus
Playwright: Aristophanes
First Performed: 408 BC
Play Title: The Clouds
Playwright: Aristophanes
First Performed: 423 BC

Euripides (c.?480 – c.?406 BC, pronounced u-rip-ee-dees) was one of the three great tragedians of classical Greece who wrote over ninety plays. Less than twenty of these works survive today.

Play Title: Alcestis
Playwright: Euripides
First Performed: 438 BC
Play Title: The Bacchantes
Playwright: Euripides
First Performed: 405 BC
Play Title: Cyclops
Playwright: Euripides
First Performed: 408 BC
Play Title: Hecuba
Playwright: Euripides
First Performed: c.424 BC
Play Title: Heracleidae (The Children of Heracles)
Playwright: Euripides
First Performed: c.430 BC
Play Title: Ion
Playwright: Euripides
First Performed: 413 BC?
Play Title: Iphigenia in Tauris
Playwright: Euripides
First Performed: 405 BC
Play Title: Orestes
Playwright: Euripides
First Performed: 408 BC
Play Title: Rhesus
Playwright: Euripides
First Performed: c.450 BC?
Play Title: The Suppliants
Playwright: Euripides
First Performed: 423 BC
Play Title: Andromache
Playwright: Euripides
First Performed: c.428-423 BC
Play Title: The Bacchae
Playwright: Euripides
First Performed: 405 BC
Play Title: Electra
Playwright: Euripides
First Performed: c.421-416 BC
Play Title: Helen
Playwright: Euripides
First Performed: 412 BC
Play Title: Hippolytus
Playwright: Euripides
First Performed: 428 BC
Play Title: Iphigenia at Aulis
Playwright: Euripides
First Performed: 405 BC
Play Title: Medea
Playwright: Euripides
First Performed: 431 BC
Play Title: The Phoenissae (The Phoenician Women)
Playwright: Euripides
First Performed: 411 BC
Play Title: The Trojan Women (Women of Troy)
Playwright: Euripides
First Performed: 415 BC

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.

Play Title: Antigone
Playwright: Sophocles
First Performed: 442 BC
Play Title: Electra
Playwright: Sophocles
First Performed: Unknown
Play Title: Oedipius The King
Playwright: Sophocles
First Performed: c.430-426 BC
Play Title: Philoctetes
Playwright: Sophocles
First Performed: 409 BC
Play Title: Ajax
Playwright: Sophocles
First Performed: c.442-441 BC
Play Title: Oedipuis at Colonus
Playwright: Sophocles
First Performed: Unknown
Play Title: The Trachiniae (Women of Trachis)
Playwright: Sophocles
First Performed: c.440-430 BC