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Aeschylus Resources

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Aeschylus, the father of Greek tragedy, was born at Eluesis, the town of the Mysteries, near Athens, around 525 B.C.. The first attempts at tragedy had been made by Thespis; and there were older contemporaries of Aeschylus, with whom he contended. He fought for Athens in the Persian Wars, and was wounded at Marathon. His first victory as a poet come in 485; and, having won thirteen first prizes in tragic competitions, he was hurt at being defeated by Sophocles in 468. This may have forced him to leave Athens and go to Sicily, where he produced a new edition of The Persians. His trial before the Areopagus on charges of divulging the Eluesian Mysteries is also stated as a cause of his departure. His last great poetic victory came in 458, with the Oresteia trilogy. He died at Gela in Sicily around 456 B.C. Out of some sixty plays ascribed to him, we have only seven extant: the Suppliants, The Persians, Seven Against Thebes,  the Prometheus Bound and the Oresteia trilogy.

 

Resources
Aeschylus (Theatre database)

Plays
Agamemnon (MIT)
Eumenides (MIT)
The Persians (MIT)
Prometheus Bound (MIT)
The Seven Against Thebes (MIT)
The Suppliants (MIT)

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