Euripides' Surviving Plays
Alcestis (438) - Admetus, the king of Pherae, marries Alcestis, but he offends Artemis who condemns him to death. Alcestis offers to take his place in death. Fortunately, both are saved by Heracles.
Medea (431) - This play follows the murderous wife of Jason, Medea. She is distraught over Jason's decision to marry another woman and vows to kill herself and their children.
Hippolytus (428) - The tragedy of Hippolytus depicts the man's struggles after having insulted Aphrodite.
The Children of Heracles (417-415) - The children of Heracles must flee when his arch nemesis, Eurystheus, plans to kill them.
Andromache (417-415) - Andromache is the wife of the great Trojan prince and warrior, Hector. The story follows the title character's struggles after the death of her husband.
Hecuba (417-415) - She is the wife of Priam, the king of Troy. After the Trojan War, she is enslaved by the Greeks. Her daughter is about to be sacrificed, but Hecuba may be able to save her.
Heracles (417-415) - Heracles' family is in trouble back home while he is in the Underworld searching for Cerberus.
The Suppliants (417-415) - Polynices and Eteocles, the sons of Oedipus who fought for control of Thebes, are both dead, yet Creon has decreed that the traitor Polynices and his men, the Argives, are not to be buried.The mothers of the Argives seek to give them proper burial.
Ion (417-415) - The story of the orphan Ion and how he discovers his parents.
The Trojan Women (415) - The women of Troy were in a lot of trouble once the Greeks sacked the city. This play focuses on the plights of many notable women after the fall of Troy, including Hecuba, Andromache, and Helen.
Electra (417-408) - Euripides' take on the story of the children of Agamemnon and their attempt to avenge their father's murder.
Iphigenia in Tauris (417-408) - Tells the story of the sacrifice of Iphigenia, who, at the last moment before her sacrifice, was saved by Artemis and sent to Tauris.
Helen (412) - This play tells Helen's side of the story of her infidelity. Her version has a strange twist, leaving her in Egypt while a fake Helen is kidnapped by Paris, prince of Troy.
The Phoenician Women (c. 409) - Euripides' version of Polynices decision to attack his home of Thebes when his brother, Eteocles, refuses to share power.
Orestes (408) - Euripidess take on the story of Orestes, who avenges the death of his father by killing the murderer, his mother.
The Bacchae (unknown) - The story of Dionysus' return to Thebes to bring honor to his mother, Semele, and give the Thebans the freedom to worship him.
Iphigenia in Aulis (unknown) - This play takes place just prior to the Trojan War as the Greeks prepare to sail for Troy. There is no wind for their journey and Agamemnon learns that he must sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia, if the wind is to return.
Cyclops (unknown) - The only surviving satyr play focuses on Odysseus' defeat of the cyclops, Polyphemus.