Euripides is known in literature & fiction circles as a Greek tragedian of classical Athens. Euripides is one of the few whose dramas & plays have survived. Ancient & medieval scholars have attributed 95 dramas & plays to Euripides, of which 19 are known to have survived more or less complete. Euripides is identified with theatrical innovations that have profoundly influenced drama & plays down to modern times. He was unique among the writers of ancient & medieval Athens for the sympathy he demonstrated towards all victims of society, including women. Heracles is an Athenian Greek tragedy in which Heracles is in the underworld obtaining Cerberus for one of his labours, and while doing so, his father Amphitryon, wife Megara, and children are sentenced to death in Thebes by Lycus. Heracles arrives in time to save them, though the goddesses Iris and Madness cause Heracles to kill his wife and children in a frenzy. Heracles is the second of two surviving Greek Tragedies by Euripides where the family of Heracles are suppliants. The drama & play Heracles was first performed in 416 BC.
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