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  • c. 525 BCE - c. 456 BCE
    Life of Greek tragedy poet Aeschylus.
  • c. 496 BCE - c. 406 BCE
    Life of Greek tragedy poet Sophocles.
  • c. 493 BCE
    Phrynichos' tragedy 'The Fall of Miletos' is first performed.
  • c. 484 BCE - 407 BCE
    Life of Greek tragedy poet Euripides.
  • 477 BCE
    Phrynichos' tragedy 'Phoencian Women' is first performed.
  • 472 BCE
    Aeschylus' tragedy 'Persians' is first performed.
  • 468 BCE
    Sophocles wins his first tragedy competition (title unknown).
  • 467 BCE
    Aeschylus' tragedy 'Seven Against Thebes' is first performed.
  • c. 463 BCE
    Aeschylus' tragedy 'The Suppliants' is first performed.
  • c. 460 BCE - c. 380 BCE
    Life of Greek comic poet Aristophanes.
  • 458 BCE
    Aeschylus' tragedy trilogy Orestia: 'Agamemnon', Libation Bearers or 'Choephori', and 'The Eumenides' is first performed.
  • c. 457 BCE
    Aeschylus' tragedy 'Prometheus Bound' is first performed.
  • c. 442 BCE
    Sophocles' tragedy 'Antigone' is first performed.
  • 438 BCE
    Euripides' tragedy 'Alcestis' is first performed.
  • 431 BCE
    Euripides' tragedy 'Medeia' is first performed.
  • c. 430 BCE
    Euripides' tragedy 'Heraclidae' is first performed.
  • 428 BCE
    Euripides' tragedy 'Hippolytus' is first performed.
  • 426 BCE
    Cheimazomenae by Cratinus is first performed.
  • 425 BCE
    Archarnians by Aristophanes is first performed.
  • c. 425 BCE
    Euripides' tragedy 'Andromache' is first performed.
  • 425 BCE
    Numeniae by Eupolis is first performed.
  • 424 BCE
    The Knights by Aristophanes is first performed.
  • 424 BCE
    Satyrs by Cratinus is first performed.
  • c. 423 BCE
    Euripides' tragedy 'Suppliant Women' is first performed.
  • 423 BCE
    Pytine by Cratinus is first performed.
  • c. 423 BCE
    Euripides' tragedy 'Hecuba' is first performed.
  • 423 BCE
    The Clouds by Aristophanes is first performed.
  • 422 BCE
    The Wasps by Aristophanes is first performed.
  • 421 BCE
    Peace by Aristophanes is first performed.
  • 421 BCE
    Maricas by Eupolis is first performed.
  • 421 BCE
    Flatterers by Eupolis is first performed.
  • 420 BCE
    Autolycus by Eupolis is first performed.
  • c. 417 BCE
    Euripides' tragedy 'Hercules' is first performed.
  • c. 416 BCE
    Euripides' tragedy 'Electra' is first performed.
  • 415 BCE
    Euripides' tragedy 'Trojan Women' is first performed.
  • 414 BCE
    The Birds by Aristophanes is first performed.
  • 412 BCE
    Euripides' tragedy 'Helen' is first performed.
  • c. 412 BCE
    Euripides' tragedy 'Iphigenia among the Taurians' is first performed.
  • 411 BCE
    Lysistrata by Aristophanes is first performed.
  • 411 BCE
    Thesmophoriazusae by Aristophanes is first performed.
  • c. 410 BCE
    Euripides' tragedy 'Ion' is first performed.
  • 409 BCE
    Sophocles' tragedy 'Philoctetes' is first performed.
  • 409 BCE
    Euripides' tragedy 'Phoenissae' is first performed.
  • c. 408 BCE
    Euripides' tragedy 'Orestes' is first performed.
  • 408 BCE - 406 BCE
    Euripides' tragedies 'Bacchae', 'Iphigenia at Aulis' are first performed.
  • 405 BCE
    The Frogs by Aristophanes is first performed.
  • 401 BCE
    Sophocles' tragedy 'Oedipus at Colonus' is first performed.
  • c. 392 BCE
    Ecclesiazusae by Aristophanes is first performed.
  • 388 BCE
    Plutus by Aristophanes is first performed.
  • c. 368 BCE - 263 BCE
    Life of Greek comic poet Philemon.
  • c. 342 BCE - c. 291 BCE
    Life of Greek comic poet Menander.
  • 316 BCE
    Dyskolos by Menander is first performed.

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525 BCE - 456 BCE: Life of Greek tragedy poet Aeschylus.
 
496 BCE - 406 BCE: Life of Greek tragedy poet Sophocles.
 
493 BCE: Phrynichos' tragedy 'The Fall of Miletos' is first performed.
 
484 BCE - 407 BCE: Life of Greek tragedy poet Euripides.
 
477 BCE: Phrynichos' tragedy 'Phoencian Women' is first performed.
 
472 BCE: Aeschylus' tragedy 'Persians' is first performed.
 
468 BCE: Sophocles wins his first tragedy competition (title unknown).
 
467 BCE: Aeschylus' tragedy 'Seven Against Thebes' is first performed.
 
463 BCE: Aeschylus' tragedy 'The Suppliants' is first performed.
 
460 BCE - 380 BCE: Life of Greek comic poet Aristophanes.
 
458 BCE: Aeschylus' tragedy trilogy Orestia: 'Agamemnon', Libation Bearers or 'Choephori', and 'The Eumenides' is first performed.
 
457 BCE: Aeschylus' tragedy 'Prometheus Bound' is first performed.
 
442 BCE: Sophocles' tragedy 'Antigone' is first performed.
 
438 BCE: Euripides' tragedy 'Alcestis' is first performed.
 
431 BCE: Euripides' tragedy 'Medeia' is first performed.
 
430 BCE: Euripides' tragedy 'Heraclidae' is first performed.
 
428 BCE: Euripides' tragedy 'Hippolytus' is first performed.
 
426 BCE: Cheimazomenae by Cratinus is first performed.
 
425 BCE: Archarnians by Aristophanes is first performed.
 
425 BCE: Euripides' tragedy 'Andromache' is first performed.
 
425 BCE: Numeniae by Eupolis is first performed.
 
424 BCE: The Knights by Aristophanes is first performed.
 
424 BCE: Satyrs by Cratinus is first performed.
 
423 BCE: Euripides' tragedy 'Suppliant Women' is first performed.
 
423 BCE: Pytine by Cratinus is first performed.
 
423 BCE: Euripides' tragedy 'Hecuba' is first performed.
 
423 BCE: The Clouds by Aristophanes is first performed.
 
422 BCE: The Wasps by Aristophanes is first performed.
 
421 BCE: Peace by Aristophanes is first performed.
 
421 BCE: Maricas by Eupolis is first performed.
 
421 BCE: Flatterers by Eupolis is first performed.
 
420 BCE: Autolycus by Eupolis is first performed.
 
417 BCE: Euripides' tragedy 'Hercules' is first performed.
 
416 BCE: Euripides' tragedy 'Electra' is first performed.
 
415 BCE: Euripides' tragedy 'Trojan Women' is first performed.
 
414 BCE: The Birds by Aristophanes is first performed.
 
412 BCE: Euripides' tragedy 'Helen' is first performed.
 
412 BCE: Euripides' tragedy 'Iphigenia among the Taurians' is first performed.
 
411 BCE: Lysistrata by Aristophanes is first performed.
 
411 BCE: Thesmophoriazusae by Aristophanes is first performed.
 
410 BCE: Euripides' tragedy 'Ion' is first performed.
 
409 BCE: Sophocles' tragedy 'Philoctetes' is first performed.
 
409 BCE: Euripides' tragedy 'Phoenissae' is first performed.
 
408 BCE: Euripides' tragedy 'Orestes' is first performed.
 
408 BCE - 406 BCE: Euripides' tragedies 'Bacchae', 'Iphigenia at Aulis' are first performed.
 
405 BCE: The Frogs by Aristophanes is first performed.
 
401 BCE: Sophocles' tragedy 'Oedipus at Colonus' is first performed.
 
392 BCE: Ecclesiazusae by Aristophanes is first performed.
 
388 BCE: Plutus by Aristophanes is first performed.
 
368 BCE - 263 BCE: Life of Greek comic poet Philemon.
 
342 BCE - 291 BCE: Life of Greek comic poet Menander.
 
316 BCE: Dyskolos by Menander is first performed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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