The Children of Heracles

Definition

The Children of Heracles (Heraclidae) is one of Euripides' lesser known and least popular works, as is the myth surrounding the tragedy play. Its date is also uncertain, possibly written in the late 430s or early 420s BCE. The play revolves around the mother and children of Heracles (Hercules) and their attempt to find sanctuary from the forces of the king of Argos, a king who wishes to have them killed. It is possible that the play as it exists today has been revised later by other writers.

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  • c. 484 BCE - 407 BCE
    Life of Greek tragedy poet Euripides.
  • c. 430 BCE
    Euripides' tragedy 'Heraclidae' is first performed.
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