NewThe Ancient Greek Plays Chronology

The great tragedies and comedies by the inventors of theatre

Please note that this chronology lists only complete works, not fragments, and thus reflects only those plays which are still known to us today. There is also some doubling up of titles among these plays – authorship is specified under the title of each play listed to help clarify this.

Mythic Era

Dates and events in this order are placed according to this Mythical Chronology of Greece. Please note that all dates are speculative, and relate only to the internal chronology of the myths themselves, not to actual history.
 

1667 BCE

Prometheus Bound
Aeschylus

1488 BCE

The Suppliants
Aeschylus

1386 BCE

The Bacchae
Euripides

1330 BCE

Ion
Euripides

1253 BCE

Alcestis
Euripides

1246 BCE

Herakles
Euripides

1236 BCE

Medea
Euripides

1226 BCE

Women of Trachis
Sophocles
Oedipus Rex
Sophocles

1225 BCE

Oedipus at Colonus
Sophocles
Seven Against Thebes
Aeschylus
The Suppliants
Euripides
Antigone
Sophocles
The Phoenician Women
Euripides

1223 BCE

Heracleidae
Euripides

1206 BCE

Hippolytus
Euripides

1182 BCE

Ajax
Sophocles
Philoctetes
Sophocles

1203 BCE

Helen
Euripides

1193 BCE

Iphigenia in Aulis
Euripides

1183 BCE

The Trojan Women
Euripides
Hecuba
Euripides
Agamemnon
Aeschylus
Rhesusa
Euripides

1184 BCE

Cyclops
Euripides

1180 BCE

Electra
Euripides

1175 BCE

Electra
Sophocles
Choēphóroi
Aeschylus
Orestes
Euripides
Iphigenia in Tauris
Euripides

1174 BCE

Eumenides
Aeschylus

1173 BCE

Andromache
Euripides

Historical Era

480 BCE

The Persians
Aeschylus

420 BCE

For simplicity’s sake, all of Aristophanes plays set during the Peloponnesian War are placed at this date unless otherwise noted:
The Acharnians
Aristophanes
The Knights
Aristophanes
The Clouds
Aristophanes
The Wasps
Aristophanes
Peace
Aristophanes
The Birds
Aristophanes
Lysistrata
Aristophanes

412 BCE

Thesmophoriazusae
Aristophanes
Parodies the original productions of Euripides’ Helen and Andromeda in this year.>

405 BCE

The Frogs
Must take place after the death of Euripides in 406 BCE.
Aristophanes

402 BCE

Assemblywomen
Aristophanes
Must take place after the end of the Peloponnesian War in 404 BCE.

Undated plays

For simplicity’s sake, all plays in this section are assumed to occur more or less contemporaneously with their original production:

388 BCE

Plutus
Aristophanes

317 BCE

Dyskolos
Aristophanes
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