The Facts On File Companion to Classical Drama was written for those without any previous introduction to classical studies or the ancient Greek or Latin language.
In this book, classical drama is taken to refer primarily to plays (tragedies, comedies,and satyr plays)
written by Greek and Roman authors between the sixth century B.C.E. and the second century C.E. Understanding classical drama is a daunting task. Of the thousands of plays written during this period, only about 85 survive in more or less complete form, and though we know the names of some 300 classical playwrights, the surviving 85 plays can be attributed to only eight writers: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus, Terence, and Seneca.