Theristai (Ancient Greek: Θερισταί, also known as Reapers or Harvesters), is a lost satyr play by Attic playwright Euripides. It was initially performed at the Dionysia in Athens in 431 BCE along with the tragedies Medea, Philoctetes and Dictys.[1] The tetralogy finished in 3rd place, behind tetralogies by Euphorion (Aeschylus' son), who won 1st prize, and Sophocles.[2][3]

Written byEuripides
Date premiered431 BC
Place premieredAthens
Original languageAncient Greek
GenreSatyr play

The play was recorded as having been lost as early as 200 BCE by Aristophanes of Byzantium in his hypothesis for Medea.[4] No fragments have been assigned to Theristai. It has been suggested that this play may be an alternate title for Euripides' lost play Syleus, for which several fragments are extant.[4][5]


  1. Olson, S.D. (April–June 1991). "Politics and the Lost Euripidean Philoctetes". Hesperia: The Journal of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. 60 (2): 269–283. doi:10.2307/148090. JSTOR 148090.
  2. Knox, B.M.W. (1977). "The Medea of Euripides". In Gould, T.; Herington, C.J. (eds.). Greek Tragedy. Cambridge University Press. p. 193. ISBN 978-0-521-21112-3.
  3. Ewans, M. (2007). "Medee: Benoit Hoffman and Luigi Cherubini". Opera from the Greek: studies in the poetics of appropriation. Ashgate Publishing. p. 55. ISBN 978-0-7546-6099-6.
  4. Collard, C. & Cropp, M. (2008). Euripides Fragments: Aegeus-Meleager. Harvard University Press. p. 413. ISBN 978-0-674-99625-0.
  5. Collard, C. & Cropp, M. (2008). Euripides Fragments: Oedipus-Chrysippus; Other Fragments. Harvard University Press. pp. 170–171. ISBN 978-0-674-99631-1.
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