If one considers that the Graeco-Roman influence forms the base on which Western literary tradition rests, then this is an essential companion for the student of literature. The comprehensive introduction thoughtfully examines the evolution of classical drama, providing a firm grounding for the student. The works selected include the best-known works of the classical Greek and Roman theatre. The authors and titles reflect those most likely to be found in anthologies, most likely to be reprinted as 'classics' in paperback editions, and most likely to be encountered by the student. The bibliography is arranged alphabetically by author and title. For each author, a general bibliography is included. The citations under each play provide refernces to readily accessible works that offer commentary and criticism. Finally, there are citations pointing the student to the best available translations of these plays.