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In “Heraclidae” mythical Athens has to face a serious challenge when Heracles' persecuted children seek help. Producing conditionswhich remarkably resemblecontemporary Athens Euripides succeeds in presenting characteristic elements of the 5th century polis democracy. There is light and shade in a tragicplot where we see humanity confronted with hard consequences. The play, presumably performed in the beginnings of the Peloponnesian War, realizes considerable achievements of a free polis without overlooking questionable actions.