40. Hippolytus, by Euripides (428 BC)

Plot: Seeking revenge on Hippolytus, the bastard son of King Theseus, for his insults and contempt, the goddess Aphrodite instils an overwhelming love for Hippolytus in the heart of Theseus’ innocent wife Phaedra. 835 more words

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39. Oedipus the King by Sophocles (429 BC)

Plot : Plague is ravaging Thebes, and according to the oracle, bringing the murderer of the old King Laius to justice is the only way to bring relief. 596 more words

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38. The Children of Heracles, by Euripides (430 BC)

Plot: With Heracles dead, King Eurystheus fears revenge once Heracles’ children reach adulthood, and sets out to capture them. Iolaus, Heracles’ friend and companion, leads them away and seeks asylum in many places but is repeatedly turned away until Athens promises them sanctuary and protection. 436 more words

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37. The Women of Trachis, by Sophocles (430 BC)

Plot : Deianeira, long-suffering wife of Heracles, has her prayers answered as news reaches her that he is finally freed of his labours and returning home. 316 more words

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35. History of the Peloponnesian War, by Thucydides (c. 431 BC)

Contents : A very detailed historical account of the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC) between Sparta and Athens (and nearly every other country, city and island in the eastern Mediterranean) which covers the major events and battles up until 411 BC (the remainder of the war is described by Xenophon in his… 666 more words

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34. Medea, by Euripides (431 BC)

Plot :
Faced with exile after her husband Jason (of Argonaut fame) leaves her to marry the King’s daughter,  Medea plots to kill Jason, his new wife Glauce, King Creon and even her own two children. 441 more words

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36. Prometheus Bound (430 BC?) possibly by Aeschylus.

Plot : The Titan Prometheus is bound to a lonely crag for eternity, for defying Zeus and giving mankind fire. His ability to foretell the future is his only hope of future release, yet he refuses to tell Zeus of the circumstances of that God’s potential future downfall. 375 more words

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